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.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Panel #369
CE Offered: BACB
Sustaining the Impact of ABA Programs
Monday, May 25, 2009
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
North 122 A
Area: EDC/CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Kimberly V. Beck, M.A.
Chair: Dan Hursh (West Virginia University)
VICCI TUCCI (Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.)
L. KEITH MILLER (University of Kansas)
RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.)
DAN HURSH (West Virginia University)
Abstract: ABA has developed powerful tools for serving individuals with learning challenges and addressing various personal, social, educational, and vocational needs. The challenge for ABA professionals is how to assure that the persons who are responsible for serving those individuals and addressing those needs use these tools. The expert consultation or applied research approaches have had only limited and short-term impact. The expert consultation approach fails to utilize the relevant expertise of the persons who experience the learner everyday, the ones who have the most relevant details needed to design effective interventions and programs. The results of applied research may have only limited transfer to everyday situations because experimental arrangements necessary to valid research are not available in most everyday circumstances. Collaborative consultation, coaching, and programming for ongoing implementation are approaches that can contribute to the sustained impact of ABA practices. The panelists each have more than 30 years experience working on sustaining the impact of programs they have designed (e.g., the Competent Learner Model and Sunflower House). The discussion will focus on the common features of the successes the panelists have experienced in these efforts.



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