ABAI Parigi

ABAI Parigi. November 14–15, 2017

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center; Paris, France

Earlier is Better: Efficacy Criteria for Early Intervntion Evidence-Based Programs for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disorders
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4:30 PM–5:20 PM
Scene C, Niveau 0

Effectiveness and Efficiency of Early Intervention Programs for Autism:A Pilot Study With Norm-Referenced Data
FABIOLA CASARINI (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Elisa Galanti (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Carlo Hanau (APRI Association)

Abstract: We investigated the efficacy and effectiveness of implementing different intensivity CABAS- based (Greer, 1994; 2002) early intervention programs, and analyzed results including diagnostic standardized tests. Thus, we could communicate with School and Health Public Agencies, advocate for the creation of a database, share research with other fields and impact local health policies. Participants were 7 children aged 2 to 5, diagnosed with autism and showing a pre-listener and pre-speaker level of verbal behavior (Greer & Ross, 2008). They were selected for the study because they had an early-diagnosis but no evidence-based interventions provided by their School or Health Department. A pre-post probe single subject design for each participant was implemented, with pre-post group statistical analysis (ANOVA).The dependent variables were the scores, collected for each child by a blind clinician, before and after 12 months of intervention, using the tests ADOS-2, (Lord et al., 1989), CARS (Shopler et al., 1988) and PEP-3 (Shopler et al., 2004). Results showed high social and statistical significance for every kid. The study is in progress: more participants should be added and follow up data should be collected. Results are discussed in terms of efficacy, efficiency, social impact and sustainability of early intervention programs.

The Impact of Bringing a Progressive Approach to the Science of Behavior in Europe: A 7 Step Program
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
3:00 PM–3:20 PM
Studio AB, Niveau 2
Area: TBA
Chair: Fabiola Casarini (University of Modena; Reggio Emilia)
The Impact of Bringing a Progressive Approach to the Science of Behavior in Europe:A 7 Step Program
Domain: Theory

FABIOLA CASARINI (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Sophie Verhaege (Professional Crisis Management Ass.)

Abstract: In 2016 the book Verbal Behavior Analysis, Inducing and Expanding New Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays by R.D. Greer and D. Ross was translated in Italian and brought to the attention of ABA master students, associations and services for autism, all over the Country. Early data about the impact of the book in the application and conceptualization of the science in Italy will be discussed. Dissemination of the science in Italy, France and other European Countries without academic tradition in the field will be also discussed. The presentation will include a description of a seven-steps program for promoting the analytic and progressive components of ABA and VB, as suggested by Leaf et al. (2016) A commentary about the challenges of implementation of Verbal Behavior Protocols in schools, learning centers and health facilities in Europe will be shared.