PROFESSOR KAROLA DILLENBURGER
Karola is the Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at Queens University, Belfast. She coordinates the MSc [Masters] in Autism Spectrum Disorders offered in the School of Education since 2002. She also developed and continues to teach the online/blended learning MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Karola’s main research leadership concerns ABA and evidence-based decision making and intervention in autism. Her most sustained input in the field has been in relation to early behavioural interventions, social validity, and parent training in ASD.
During this presentation Karola will talk about how we must expect more in terms of caring for children with autism across their lifespan; addressing issues, practice and future planning.
By providing a full life-span approach, results reported here build on and extend a body of previous research regarding the experiences and needs of ageing parent/caregivers of sons and daughters with disability (Dillenburger & McKerr, 2009a; 2009b; 2010) and younger parents/caregivers of children with disability (Dillenburger & Keenan et al., 2010; 2011; Keenan & Dillenburger, et al., 2007; 2010). Furthermore, the results illustrate the consequences of current ageing and childcare strategies as experienced by parent/caregivers and their sons/daughters with disabilities, thus enabling policy makers and professionals to ‘hear the data’. Recommendations are formulated for future childcare and ageing caregiver strategies, policies, and practice.