Organizational performance standards in special education units for ASD: The development and piloting of an assessment tool

Nursel Ozkan Gonsalez, Karina Alt, Katerina Dounavi

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Over the last few years, France has financed the opening of specialized units for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by providing funding contingent on the use of evidence-based practices for ASD. This has led to the the creation of new units as well as to the transformation of existing services in specialized units that support children and teenagers with ASD. Institutions facing the challenge of transformation need to undergo profound changes in their service provision, including changes in staff behaviors, changes in educational, managerial and collaborative practices, adaptations of physical space and acquisition of specialised support equipment.
Based on Applied Behaviour Analysis and the knowledge arising from Organizational Behavior Management and tested in real life in seven ASD units, MOSES-TSA (Maturité Organisationnelle pour Services d’Éducation Specialisés dans les TSA; in English OMSES–ASD: Organizational Maturity for Specialized Educational Services in ASD) is a tool that measures progress in the achievement of organizational behavior changes and identifies barriers across numerous domains.
More specifically, MOSES-TSA measures the following three target areas that affect organizational maturity and service quality: staff training, effective management and supervision, and fair use of resources. MOSES enables organisations to improve their performance in these areas and address barriers; in other words, it allows the identification of behaviors to be acquired by managers (heads of services and clinical directors), by individuals within educational teams, and by the group of professionals as a team. The development and pilot implementation of the tool aim to ensure performance that guarantees service quality for individuals with ASD, enables inclusion and provides access to an overall better quality of life.
The purpose of the present paper is to describe the development and piloting of MOSES-TSA and discuss key data obtained in seven ASD units. Suggestions on how its use can facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices will also be provided.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018
Event9th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis - University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg, Germany
Duration: 19 Sep 201822 Sep 2018


Conference9th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis
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  • service quality assessment
  • ABA
  • OBM
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders


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