Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W30
CE Offered: None
Developing ABA Programs for Children with Autism in the Public Schools
Friday, May 28, 2004
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Daniel Cohen-Almeida, Psy.D.
DANIEL COHEN-ALMEIDA (Melmark New England), ARTHUR RICHARD CAMPBELL (Melmark New England), MAUREEN C. HURLEY (Acton, MA Public Schools)
Description: Behavioral Intervention for children with autism has the most scientific support of the available treatment options. This research, coupled with the increased incidence of the disability, has resulted in many public schools seeking to develop their own ABA treatment programs. Public schools are turning to behavior analysts to help in this process to serve either as consultants or as program supervisors. In either case, the successful development of an ABA program requires a consideration of the unique challenges that are a part of the public school environment. This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the key elements necessary for successful program development including: program advocacy and political considerations, program design, staff training, interfacing with regular educators and specialists, program implementation and monitoring, and parental involvement and training. Workshop presenters include consultants who have worked with public schools to develop new ABA programs and behavior analysts employed by public school systems as ABA program supervisors.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Identify key political concerns and advocacy issues in public school settings. Identify the basic elements of an ABA program in the public school setting. Develop systems to train staff and monitor performance. Identify strategies to successfully work with regular educators and specialists.
Activities: Activities include lecture, group discussion and case studies.
Audience: Behavior analysts who are interested in providing consultation to public schools, specifically around program design and development or those interested in supervising ABA programs in the public schools.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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