Recorded CEU Events:
Considerations in the assessment and treatment of elopement: prevention and assessment strategies
Mindy Scheithauer, Ph.D., BCBA–D
Elopement, when a child runs or wanders away from supervision, is an incredibly prevalent concern among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Elopement is a high-risk behavior, as it often places the individual at serious risk of harm (e.g., running towards a busy road and being struck by a car or getting lost for extended periods of time). Likely for these reasons, it is often rated by parents of children with disabilities as one of the most stressful behaviors to manage. Fortunately, functional analyses followed by function-based treatments are effective tools for reducing elopement. However, to the danger that elopement often poses and the need for retrieval or blocking the behavior to ensure safety, assessment is often complicated compared to other topographies of challenging behavior. The purpose of this presentation is two-fold, first we will review antecedent strategies that parents and providers can take to mitigate the likelihood of elopement and risk of harm if elopement were to occur. Second, we will discuss modifications that can be made to assessment and treatment techniques when targeting elopement to avoid extraneous variables and promote safety.
Attendees will be able to:
Identify at least 2 prevention strategies when given past situations in which a child was likely to elope.
Explain the impact of retrieval on functional analyses of elopement and identify at least one solution to mitigate this impact.
Outline a treatment plan for a sample child who engages in elopement maintained by a social reinforcer.
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School Consultation, Collaboration, and Support
Diana Baekey, Ph.D., BCBA–D
Increasingly, school districts are requesting a variety of supports from behavior analysts. This presentation provides an overview of general school consultation and direct supports delivered to students, teachers, entire districts, and classrooms. In this presentation, we will also talk through collaboration strategies as a third party contractor and ethical dilemmas that could potentially occur during the consultative process. I will also explain the benefits of supporting schools and how to successfully collaborate with district and local level administrators and teachers throughout the consultative process and review suggestions for providing positive and constructive feedback.
1. List a variety of ways behavior analysts provide support to public and private schools.
2. Explain potential ethical dilemmas that may present during collaboration efforts and solutions to preventively resolve conflicts and ethical concerns.
3. Describe procedures for delivering both positive and constructive feedback to public school personnel.
4. Understand the potential collateral effects of behavior support for the student, teacher, district, and profession.
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