Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #374
CE Offered: BACB
Applications and Implications of Nonlinear Contingency Analysis and the Constructional Approach to Teaching of Autistic Children
Monday, May 29, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1E/F
Area: AUT/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Anna Linnehan, Ph.D.
Chair: Anna Linnehan (Endicott College)
RICHELE YEICH (Great Leaps Academy/Eastern Florida Autism Center)
ANDREW MILLER (Conestoga Behavioral Services, LLC)

This panel will examine the functional analysis and design of constructional behavioral interventions informed by a nonlinear contingency analysis (NCA) with Autistics and caregivers. With an emphasis on humane and compassionate care, constructional programs focus on strengthening and building repertoires based on goals developed in partnership with the client, rather than elimination of behavior. With over 40 years of research and practice, the constructional approach and NCA focus on constructional rather than pathological behavior change to provide best outcomes for clients. Panelists will provide real world accounts of the application of these procedures, and how genuine, rather than apparent assent may be achieved with both verbal and nonverbal clients. They will answer questions posed by the chair and audience, and discuss address issues concerning program planning, crisis intervention, and staff training. The panelists have extensive experience in the application of constructional methods in hospitals, clinics, schools, and home services. Some of these applications include feeding programs without the use of extinction or exposure, incorporating the constructional questionnaire into the intake process, and incorporating the constructional approach/NCA at clinic wide level.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Clinicians and practitioners working with Autistics and caregivers.

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify the difference between genuine and apparent assent. 2. Develop meaningful goals in partnership with the client. 3. Describe applications of nonlinear contingency analysis and constructional approach to clinical practice.



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