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Developing Adaptive Skills Interventions for Children with ASD

presented by Gretchen Scheibel

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Financial— Gretchen Scheibel receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Children on the autism spectrum experience significant difficulties in their ability to dress themselves, use the restroom, and maintain personal hygiene. Occupational therapy practitioners address adaptive skills frequently in their work with children with ASD, but progress is slow and difficult to measure. This course will present a simple evidence-based intervention that has been proven in the research to address adaptive skills. The intervention uses systematic implementation and data-driven decision-making to ensure clients are making the strongest gains possible.

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Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR/L, BCBA

Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR/L, BCBA, is a behavior consultant working in midcoast and central Maine. She specializes in designing educational programs based on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports framework and the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dually certified as a Behavior Analyst and an Occupational Therapist, she possesses a unique understanding of special education…

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1. Evidence-Based Interventions

Task Analysis and Reinforcement will be introduced, including the research base for each intervention. Participants will learn how these familiar interventions, which are likely already being utilized in their practice, can be strengthened through use of systematic implementation and data-driven decision-making to be much more effective than their current practice. Procedures will be presented for use of systematic implementation and data-driven decision-making.

2. Developing a Treatment Protocol

During this chapter, participants will walk through the steps of developing a treatment protocol, including performing a task analysis of putting on a jacket and considering how this skill will be taught (using Chaining) and how it will be measured. Participants will observe a student putting on a jacket to assess the student’s performance and create the treatment protocol.

3. Monitoring Progress

During this chapter, participants will be introduced to a self-graphing data collection sheet. Multiple examples of the participant putting on a jacket will be demonstrated, with opportunities for participants to collect data in real time. Five opportunities to collect data will be presented: baseline/observation and four treatment sessions.

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