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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Behavior Supports & Mental Health

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Monday, November 6, 2017 4:40 PM - 5:40 PM

Location: Congressional Ballroom B


Presenters

Drinking, Drug Use and Addiction in the Autism Community
Ann Palmer, B.A., LEND Family Faculty, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Elizabeth Kunreuther, MSW, UNC School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Addiction Detox Unit, Raleigh, NC, United States;

Recent studies suggest individuals with ASD have a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. Social, educational and vocational demands put those mainstreamed into middle/high school, college and typical work settings at risk for developing a SUD. This poster presents the protective and risk factors of ASD for developing an SUD and the current research on connections between ASD and substance use.

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Pharmacologic Therapy in Preschoolers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Shruti Mittal, MD, Developmental-Behavioral Fellow, Center for Disability Resources, UCEDD/LEND
Michelle Lally, Charleston, SC, United States;
Andrea Boan, Charleston, SC, United States;
Angela Larosa, MD, Charleston, SC, United States;
Mary Kral, Charleston, SC, United States;
Michelle Macias, Charleston, SC, United States;

Methylphenidate immediate release (MPH IR) is the only stimulant medication with moderate evidence showing efficacy and safety in preschool-aged children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, the only FDA approved medication for children 3 and older is dextroamphetamine (DEX). Alpha agonists are frequently used but not yet recommended as monotherapy. This study aimed to assess prescription medication trends for preschool age children with ADHD and disruptive behavior.

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Positive Behavior Support Parent Academies: Curriculum Review and Project Evaluation
Gatavius Price, MS, MSW, LCSW, Research Associate, Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND
Lillie Huddleston, PhD, Atlanta, GA, United States, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;
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Allison O'Hara, EdS, Atlanta, GA, United States, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;
Daniel Crimmins, PhD, Atlanta, GA, United States, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;
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Positive Behavior Support Parent Academies, resulted from a collaboration between the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Center for Leadership in Disability, addressed challenging behaviors in children between the ages of three and five with and without identified developmental disabilities. The team developed a five-session curriculum for caregivers designed to increase positive communication skills and decrease challenging behaviors. This poster reviews the curriculum and highlights project evaluation findings.


Responding to Voices Seeking Accessible Treatment for Children with Behavioral Disorders: Assessment of a Free Online Parenting Program
Susannah Poe, Ed.D., Professor, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Lauren Quetsch, MS, WVU Dept of Psychology, Morgantown, WV, United States;
Rebecca Olson, MS, WVU Dept of Psychology, Morgantown, WV, United States;
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WVU researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of a free online behavioral training program for use with parents of children with disruptive behavior disorders and ADHD. While evidence-based behavioral therapy is the "gold standard" treatment for these disorders, families are often unable to access this treatment, especially in rural or underserved areas. We will describe our efforts to assess the usefulness of this accessible curriculum to home visiting professionals.

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ASD with Comorbid ADHD as a Predictor of Bullying Behaviors
Morgan Jolliffe, BA, , Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD
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This study examined the prevalence of bullying behaviors from a sample of adolescents presenting for an evidence-based social skills program, the PEERS intervention, who tested high on an autism screening questionnaire as well as on an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) screening questionnaire. Results suggest adolescents high on hyperactivity and impulsivity exhibit more bullying behaviors than adolescents only scoring high on the autism-screening questionnaire.

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Lessons Learned: Benefits and Barriers of Using Telehealth to Provide Behavioral Parent Training to Children with Developmental Disabilities
Skylar Bellinger, PhD, Clinial Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND
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Behavioral parent training provided via telehealth is emerging as a way to provide much needed services to rural children with developmental disabilities. Attendees will gain information about this innovative, empirically-based model that can be used to address the needs of underserved populations. In addition, attendees will hear perspectives from all participating stakeholders and be able to use the lessons shared to guide the successful implementation of this model.


PCIT and ESDM: Overlap, Complimentary Components and Potential Conflicts of Prominent Interventions for Young Children with Autism
Leni Swails, PhD , Clinial Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Skylar Bellinger, PhD, Kansas City, KS, United States, KS - Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND;
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While children are often referred to both ESDM and PCIT, little information is available about their overlap, complimentary components and the potential conflicts that might occur when participating in both interventions. This poster will present a case example of client participating in PCIT and ESDM. Benefits and challenges of participating in both interventions with be presented. Perspectives of ESDM providers, PCIT therapists and participating families will be included.


Teacher Self-Efficacy Instructing Children with Problem Behavior (TSE-ICPB) Rating Scale: A Validation Study
Elizabeth Howe, , UConn
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This presentation describes the validation of a rating scale for teacher's self-efficacy instructing children with problem behaviors. Results will be shared, and implications for children with disabilities who demonstrate problem behaviors is discussed. The instruments value is highlighted as a resource to use in teacher training of effective classroom supports in inclusive setting, for children with disabilities who demonstrate challenging behaviors.


GNO Voices; Sharing the Perspectives of Various Stakeholders Engaged in a Program for Females with Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities
Mallorey Marek, B.A. in Psychology (seeking MSW), Graduate Research Assistant/LEND trainee, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Jessica Schuttler, Ph. D, Kanas City, KS, United States, KS - Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND;
Rene Jamison, Ph. D, Kansas City, KS, United States, KS - Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND;
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We will explore perspectives from various stakeholders engaged in an intervention program (GNO) designed to improve the social-emotional health of females with ASD. We present a model designed to connect stakeholders (i.e., participants, families, peers, community partners) and articulate how it influences program elements at both a participant and community level. This community wide impact is reflected within the iterative process and illustrated through a collection of GNO voices.


Implementation of Project AWARE ("Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education") in Three Rural Nevada School Districts to Improve Youth Mental Health
Erika Ryst, M.D., Medical Director, Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
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Nevada was one of twenty states awarded the SAMHSA Project AWARE ("Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education") grant to develop pilot school district demonstration projects that promote mental wellness, early identification and intervention for youth mental disorders. It aims to develop innovations to combat the epidemic of unmet youth mental health needs. This poster will describe the results of this project being implemented in rural Nevada.