Learning Objectives:

1. State the main purpose and time requirements of behavior assessment in dementia care

2. List procedural considerations for various behavior and preference assessments when serving individuals with dementia

3. Identify the parameters for behavior and preference assessments

4. Compare and contrast different FBA procedures as it relates to dementia care

5. Recognize non-behavior assessments commonly conducted in dementia care

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Your Instructors

Maranda and Amanda are BCBAs who work at Abilities Behavior Services, a non-profit agency providing ABA services across the lifespan. Both therapists are specialized in the assessment and management of behavior and psychological symptoms of dementia (e.g., aggression, disruption, wandering).

Dr. Trahan was born in Louisiana, attended SIUC for graduate school, and completed a postdoc at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Before returning to Illinois, she started the first ABA clinical practice in 2014 for individuals with dementia living in Florida.

Amanda Ripley works with individuals with challenging behaviors across all ages. Amanda is from Chicago, graduated with her master’s degree from SIUC, and worked in a several states providing ABA services, including Michigan, Colorado, and Illinois.