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Professional Development Committee August 2017 Journal Club - TORONTO Site

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

1001 Queen Street West

Doctor’s Association Building, Room 1123

Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4

Canada

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Teaching Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Functional Living Skills to Increase Independence and Social Inclusion

Presenters
Meaghen Shaver, MSc., BCBA
Andrea Roblin-Hanson, ECE, ABS, RP
Carmen Hall, Ph.D, BCBA

Date & Time
Monday August 28th, 2016 @ 7pm (EDT)

Abstract: During this session, two applied research studies involving transition-aged youth with developmental disabilities will be presented. Both studies identify service gaps for this population in relation to the development of adaptive living skills for individuals transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. In study 1, the Assessment of Functional Living Skills – Community Participation Protocol was used to identify target skills in 8 participants diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and subsequently these skills were taught in a five-week skills group format. A treatment package that included Behavioural Skills Training, Video Modelling and In-Vivo Generalization opportunities was implemented. Assessment results, probe data and social validity scores were collected to demonstrate the effectiveness and acceptability of the intervention. In study 2, eighteen participants ages 16 to 33 years old participated in a five-week, five day per week, five hour per day, summer intensive behavior skill building and habilitation training course offered to adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities at the local college. Individualized skills were taught using discrete trial training and natural environment training in a one-on-one or two-on-one, participant to instructor format. In both studies, results showed that participants acquired the targeted skills. Generalization of skills was moderate. Participants and caregivers reported high levels of satisfaction with the interventions provided. Results and limitations of these studies will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. State the evidence base and range of interventions for teaching adaptive living skills to transition-aged youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.
  2. Describe two specific models of intervention used in the current studies to teach adaptive living skills to transition-aged youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.
  3. Describe the limitations of the current research and design an applied research project to demonstrate effective ways to teach adaptive living skills to transition-aged youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.
  4. List potential barriers to implementation of services to this client population and identify ways to overcome these barriers.

This event is open to both ONTABA members and nonmembers.

  • ONTABA members are eligible to receive the BACB continuing education credits for free (must be a member at the time of registration).
  • Non ONTABA members can purchase the BACB continuing education credits for $10.00 (to be paid in cash the night of the event directly to the site chair).

Toronto Site Chair: Stefanie Cali, M.ADS, BCBA

Please email any questions or concerns to: professionaldevelopment@ontaba.org

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

1001 Queen Street West

Doctor’s Association Building, Room 1123

Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4

Canada

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