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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
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Friday, December 6 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Positive Behavior Support Training of DSPs in a Self-Directed Supports Model Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

Self-Directed Supports (SDS) are a service delivery model for individuals and families who wish to exercise more choice, control and authority over their supports (Home & Community-Based Services 1915(c). SDS is founded on the principles of self-determination. With SDS, the person with the disability or their designated representative (typically a family member) has employment authority. Employment authority allows for the recruiting, hiring, training, managing, supervising, scheduling and terminating employees. Typically, personal assistants (PAs) or Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are hired to provide physical, medical and/or behavioral supports. The person with the disability or their designated representative is expected to provide the training needed to support the individual. They may be assisted by a community specialist or a behavior therapist. Preparation for training staff begins with a detailed job description and a listing of skills needed to meet those job responsibilities. Typically, a support manual is developed that describes supports needed for activities of daily living, communication, vocational, recreational, and community supports. If an individual exhibits challenging behavior, positive behavior support may be need in some or all of these areas. Training focuses both on the proactive principles of positive behavior support and the addressing of individual needs. This may be done through online modules, a review of the person's individualized support plan, shadowing an experienced support staff or family member, viewing videos of successfully resolved situations of challenging behavior and intermittent coaching. Successful training is ongoing and includes allowing Direct Support Professionals to debrief when challenging behavior has occurred. It is also collaborative. As Direct Support Professionals become more skilled and spend more time with the person they are supporting, they have insights into ways to prevent challenging behaviors from occurring, to teach new skills that meet the person's needs and how to intervene when challenging behavior does occur. Regular team meetings allow for these insights to be shared among support staff and other members of the person's support network. The number of individuals and families choosing self-direction has increased tremendously over the past twenty years as self-directed services have become as providing persons with disability with greater choice, control, and self-determination (Dicarlo, 2016). Participants report receiving unique supports that improve quality of life outcomes (Foster, Brown, Phillips & Carlson, 2005). The most significant finding repeatedly reported has been the increased satisfaction that accompanies participation in self-direction (Matthias & Benjamin, 2008; Gross, Blue-Banning, Turnbull & Francis (2015). As use of this model continues to grow, APBS should turn its attention to offering individuals and families assistance in providing high-quality training for DSPs. Participants will receive a template for creating an individualized support manual, evaluate a number of training formats and develop an outline for a successful team meeting.

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Victoria McMullen

Professor, Webster University
Dr. McMullen is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Webster University. She teaches undergraduate courses on language development and behavior management, as well as graduate courses concerning the education of individuals with significant developmental disabilities... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm MST
Meeting Room: Eagle 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226