Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #508
CE Offered: BACB
Beyond Barriers: Solutions to Enable Caregiver Consistency With Behavioral Interventions
Monday, May 27, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 113 C
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Karen Nohelty, M.Ed.
Chair: Karen Nohelty (360 Behavioral Health)
MICHAEL J. JAMES CAMERON (University of Southern California)
ADAM D. HAHS (Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers)

Caregivers of autistic children often struggle with adherence to behavioral interventions compared to other treatments (Moore & Symons, 2009). Clinician and caregiver goals sometimes differ; however, even when aligned, caregivers may not consistently implement strategies. By taking a collaborative approach focused on caregiver perspectives, clinicians can identify key barriers and provide tailored solutions with compassion to empower caregiver’s consistent use of strategies. This panel will discuss potential obstacles that caregivers experience in using behavioral techniques with their child, as well as how to identify the barriers with families. Possible solutions will be offered, involving both direct contingency management as well as strategies to address caregiver’s private events that interfere with them being able to engage in value directed behavior. Equipped with an understanding of barriers and practical solutions, clinicians can partner with families to problem-solve obstacles and provide the support needed to enable consistent intervention implementation. This panel focuses on actionable steps for service providers to empower caregivers in overcoming barriers and engage in values-based care for their autistic children.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Target audience will have an understanding of caregiver training strategies.

Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to identify at least 3 different barriers caregivers may experience when implementing behavioral interventions. 2) Participants will be able to identify at least 2 different direct contingency management strategies to aid caregivers in overcoming barriers. 3) Participants will be able to identify at least 1 strategy to address caregiver's private events in addressing barriers.
Keyword(s): caregivers, compassionate care, private events, treatment adherence



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