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Episode #091: Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions with Dr. Ariana Boutain

D r. Ariana Boutain is the Vice President of Clinical Services at KGH Autism Services. At their facility, they are passionate about child initiated and play based therapy with NDBI.

Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention is an empirically supported approach to treating young children with autism that involves learning through play. NDBI represents a merge of ABA and developmental science.

The general framework for NDBI that Dr. Ariana and her colleagues use is the principles of ABA as well as developmentally based assessments and intervention strategies for guiding goal development and individualization. Teaching strategies with NDBI involve child-initiated, child-led play. This involves environmental setup, communication temptation, and shared control with turn-taking.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hot topic in the field of autism but it is a high priority at KGH. As they add SLPs, OTs, and other providers to their team they match therapy approaches, encourage play-based therapy for all disciplines, and provide thorough training on NDBI.

You can find out more about the work and treatment model at KGH on their website!

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Today’s Guest:

Ariana is the Vice President of Clinical Services with KGH. Dr. Ariana received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2006, a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas in 2012, and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2014.  Ariana is a Doctoral-Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working with children with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and related disorders since 2006. Ariana has presented at regional and national conferences on topics including the effectiveness of different prompting procedures on skill acquisition and the use of telehealth technology within parent training programs.  Ariana has published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Behavior Analyst and has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.  Ariana has been a member of the Association for Behavioral Analysis International, the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis, the Wisconsin Association of Behavior Analysis, and the Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis. In her spare time, Ariana enjoys performing in musical theater productions, cycling, and going on exciting adventures with her husband and twins.

What’s Inside:

  • What is NDBI?
  • Applied Behavior Analysis and Developmental Based Intervention.
  • Why is child centered therapy and play based learning important?
  • A framework for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Mentioned In This Episode

Our Services | KGH Autism Services: ASD Treatment Clinic, Chicago & Madison
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Register for the Pyramid Educational Consultant’s Third Annual FUNctional Communication Conference on October 17th & 18th
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