Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Invited Paper Session #551
Applied Behavior Analysis and Teaching Children With Autism in the People's Republic of China
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
103AB (CC)
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Denise E. Ross (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
PEISHI WANG (Queens College, The City University of New York)
Dr. Peishi Wang received her Ph.D. in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2005. She joined the faculties in the Graduate Programs in Special Education in the Department of Educational and Community Programs at Queens College, City University of New York in 2006. She has 15 years of experience of working with infants, toddlers, and preschool children with developmental delays and disabilities. Her research focuses on families of young children with developmental delays, language acquisition in young children with special needs, evidence-based social skills interventions for children with autism, and cross-cultural comparison studies in parenting young children with special needs in the U.S. and China.
Abstract: The purpose of this presentation is to provide the audience with an overview of applied behavior analysis (ABA) inspired practices in teaching children with autism in the People’s Republic of China. The first clinical report on autism appeared in the Chinese Journal of Medical Science in 1982. Researchers estimate that China has approximately 500,000 individuals with autism (Tao, 2000). Due to a severe shortage of trained professionals, education for these children has largely remained parents’ responsibility. Subsequently, to meet the needs of these families and children, private schools are established by parents in large and economically well-developed cities. In the pursuit of effective and evidence-based practices, there is a growing trend that more and more families in China are requesting programs based on principles of ABA. This talk will highlight some of these ABA programs.



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