Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W57
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analytic Intervention for Behavior Disorders in Individuals With Brain Injuries
Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 9-10
Area: CBM/BPN; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joseph N. Ricciardi, Psy.D.
JOSEPH N. RICCIARDI (May Institute, May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders)
Description: As many as 50% of children with brain injuries will develop neurobehavioral challenges following an injury (Li & Liu, 2013). Adults with brain injuries are similarly at risk (Sabaz et al, 2014). Research supports behavior analysis in the treatment of individuals with brain injuries and challenging behaviors (Beaulieu et al., 2020; Heinicke & Carr, 2014). This workshop provides a review of research supporting ABA in the treatment of individuals with neurobehavioral disorders and an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence (for example, Beaulieu et al., 2020). We provide a brief overview of forms of brain injuries and the effect of injuries on learning and behavior. We will review categories of promising interventions incorporating prevention, teaching compensatory skills, and integration into comprehensive, multi-component interventions. We will use data-based case studies to illustrate the neurobehavioral formulation: an operant formulation that integrates neurological impairments (Ricciardi et al, 2020). We will address related issues such as training interventions to rehabilitation support staff, effective collaboration with other disciplines (Slim & Reuter-Yuill, 2021), and integrating compassionate care (Taylor et al, 2019). This workshop introduces this emerging practice area, with guidance on increasing knowledge, competence, and further study (Leblanc et al., 2012).
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) list two sources of evidence of the effectiveness of behavioral intervention for challenging behavior in brain injured individuals, (2) describe one weakness of the scientific literature on the effectiveness of behavioral intervention in this population, (3) discriminate between traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, (4) describe two functional neuropsychological deficits common after a brain injury and how each may contribute to challenging behaviors; (5) describe a case integrating neuropsychological findings with traditional behavior assessment; (6) list the core elements of a multi-component behavior support plan for individuals with a brain injury.
Activities: The format includes lecture and discussion, review of exemplar behavior intervention plans (handout), and video observation of intervention in practice.
Audience: Intermediate: Either some experience with the brain injured population, or a familiarity with the literature of brain injury clinical features or rehabilitation
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): brain injury, challenging behavior, neurobehavior disorder



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