Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission 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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Panel #394
Trials and Tribulations: Directing an ABA School for Children with Autism
Monday, May 30, 2005
3:00 PM–4:20 PM
Continental A (1st floor)
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
Chair: Nicole Weidenbaum (Nassau-Suffolk Services for Autism)
MARY ELLEN MCDONALD (The Genesis School)
HELEN BLOOMER (Crossroads)
JUDITH L. PALAZZO (Connecticut Center for Child Development, Inc.)
Abstract: This panel will focus on the difficulties often faced when directing a school program based in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for children with autism. Specific areas to be discussed by the panelists will include topics such as: staff recruitment and retention, staff development including staff training models and models of staff evaluation, parental involvement and education, and motivating staff and families to be productive members of the team. Specific behavior-analytic principles will be discussed as they apply to these broad issues that we often face when trying to provide a quality program to individuals with autism. Specific systems that have been developed and have been shown to be effective will be discussed as they pertain to the challenges faced by the panelists.



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