Todd Harris shares PBIS data and outcomes at Paris Symposium
Devereux goes international!
Executive Director of Autism Services Todd Harris, Ph.D., was a presenter at the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s® (ABAI) Ninth International Conference, held November 14-15, in Paris.
Harris’ presentation – “Using Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to Deliver Evidence-Based Services to Students with Autism” – focused on Devereux’s application of PBIS for students with autism spectrum disorder. Note: PBIS is a framework that helps schools/other organizations adopt evidence-based behavioral interventions to enhance the academic and social behavior outcomes for individuals.
Sharing on a global level
“It was a fantastic opportunity to share all the wonderful and innovative things we do at Devereux – on a more global level,” Harris explained. “We sometimes take what we do for granted and assume everyone is implementing similar models and practices, but these conferences serve as a reminder that Devereux is conducting state-of-the-science work. As a result, we have an obligation to share practices and interventions that are working in our programs, both with staff and the individuals we serve.”
Harris co-presented with leadership staff from the May Institute and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, along with two individuals in the behavioral healthcare field from Italy.
About ABAI: The mission of ABAI is to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.
About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux, the non-profit operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults and their families every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement. With nearly 7,000 employees working in programs across the nation, it is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.
Programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings. They include: Assessments; Interventions and Support; Transition and Independent Life Services: Family and Professional Training; Research and Innovation; and Advocacy and Public Education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. www.Devereux.org.