Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Invited Tutorial #35
CE Offered: BACB
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Project ECHO: A Successful Partnership to Support Caregivers of Children With Autism and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
Saturday, May 25, 2024
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 108 AB
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Ilene S. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Chair: Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University)
Presenting Authors: : ILENE S. SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)

Supporting the needs of caregivers of children with disabilities is one of the most socially important problems behavior analysts address. While there are multiple methods to address this priority, since 2020 the importance of meeting the needs of caregivers remotely has been emphasized. Project ECHO is a data based virtual service delivery model that has been used to train professionals and paraprofessionals around the world. In this paper we describe Project ECHO and how we are using to support caregivers of children with disabilities who demonstrate challenging behavior at home and in the community. We will also discuss why Project ECHO is a useful tool for behavior analysts to disseminate successful interventions.

Instruction Level: Basic
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Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe Project ECHO; (2) discuss the benefits of providing support for parents of children with autism and I/DD via a case-based learning model; (3) discuss why Project ECHO could be a good partner for disseminating information about successful behavioral interventions.
ILENE S. SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)
Dr. Ilene Schwartz earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Child and Developmental Psychology and is a Professor of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education on the UW campus, an interdisciplinary, research and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities. Dr. Schwartz has had continuous funding from the US Department of Education since 1990 to support her work in the areas of autism, developing educational interventions for young children, and preparing staff to work with people with disabilities. She is the author of 3 books and over 90 scholarly articles and book chapters. Dr. Schwartz has spoken to audiences around the world on topics such as “Understanding Autism” and “Why Inclusion is Important for all Children”. Her TED talk, “The Power of Inclusive Education” has been viewed by thousands of people. Her recent book, “The Project DATA Model for Teaching Preschoolers with Autism” describes her 25-year ground-breaking project designed to provide state of the art services for children with autism in public school settings. The Project DATA model is used across the country and internationally and is the standard of care for young children with autism in Washington state. Dr. Schwartz lives in Seattle with her husband and chiweenie and maintains an active research and teaching portfolio in addition to her work as an amateur gardener and avid Mariners fan.



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