Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W52
CE Offered: BACB
Developing Evidence-Based, Person-Centered Programming for Autistic Adults in Community-Based Settings
Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 7
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kate A Langston Rooney, M.Ed.
KATE A LANGSTON ROONEY (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health ), KARA CONSTANTINE (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health), ASHLEY MCCLENNEN (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health)
Description: Across the field of applied behavior analysis, there is a strong need for thoughtfully planned services for autistic adults. When autistic individuals are under the age of 21, they are entitled to an array of services including academic education, life skills education, Speech and Language therapy, Occupational therapy and Physical therapy. In addition to this, they are receiving support from professionals and support staff who are often highly trained in working with an autistic population. Although Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder, there is a drastic decrease in available funding and services after individuals transition from childhood to adulthood. Not only is there a decrease in availability of services, those that are available are often substandard and lack evidence-based foundations. In this workshop, attendees will evaluate the differences between adult and children’s services and challenges during the transition period. Presenters will review evidence-based interventions for autistic adults and teach attendees about delivering services that are collaborative, person-centered and encourage self-advocacy. Attendees will learn how to develop goals, objectives and plans that incorporate evidence-based, person-centered practices into a variety of settings including home, community and places of employment. Attendees will learn how to fade supports to increase independence and autonomy in community-based settings utilizing supported decision-making. Person-centered topics will include but are not limited to; healthy relationships and sexuality, social skills, employment, executive functioning and self-advocacy.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Define person-centered planning and programming for autistic adults 2. Develop a goal and corresponding plan based on one of the topics discussed during the workshop (healthy relationships and sexuality, social skills, employment, executive functioning and self-advocacy) 3. Practice incorporating evidence-based practices for autistic adults including Behavior skills Training 4. Identify and problem-solve challenges that arise during the transition from childhood to adulthood
Activities: Instructional strategies will include: • Didactic instruction and demonstration of targeted objectives. • Small group discussion (breakout and return to group with small presentation) • Large group discussion • Practice developing goals and plans appropriate for autistic adults • Visual supports/materials to incorporate into hands-on practice
Audience: Participants should have experience developing goals and objectives. Participants should have an understanding of behavior analytic teaching procedures.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Adults, Community-instruction, Person-centered, Self-advocacy



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