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Learning Objectives

1.     List the main barriers to service delivery for BCBAs in dementia care

2.     Name places a BCBA may receive additional dementia-specific education and training

3.     Recognize common marketing strategies a BCBA can use to advertise ABA services in dementia

4.     Differentiate between the common funding mechanisms for behavior management solutions in dementia care

5.     Identify if your state utilizes the ACA’s CFC program to reimburse for behavior management solutions in dementia care

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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. Maranda Trahan, PhD, BCBA-D 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, Dr. Trahan started the first ABA clinical practice in 2014 for individuals with dementia living in Florida. She’s worked in ABA since 2001 and in dementia since 2008. Dr. Trahan enjoys being outside and spending time with her family and animals.  

Amanda Ripley has worked with individuals with challenging behaviors across the age span. 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. She’s worked in ABA and dementia care since 2005. Amanda is an avid runner and enjoys playing outside with her kids and husband.