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.


10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Paper Session #20
Models of ABA in China and Czech Republic
Sunday, September 29, 2019
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, C2
Area: TBA
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Sheri Kingsdorf (PENDING)
Bridging the Gap in Mainland China: Getting the Practitioners Ready Through Intensive Group Instruction
Domain: Service Delivery
DIANNA HIU YAN YIP (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Tsz Lau (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Yan Long (Private Practice), Yee Tak Lee (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Ziyan Ziyan Chen (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Siqi Xie (Private Practice)
Abstract: As the prevalence of autism increases in Mainland China, there is a huge demand for quality ABA services. Yet, there are less than 30 BCBAs based in Mainland China. In order to support the increasing demand of quality services, training qualified behaviour technicians (BT) is key. Most practitioners in Mainland China have limited access to quality training. Their learning style presents significant differences from the “western” world. Thus, most existing training programs may not be a good fit for them. Through working with a large-scale special education center in Mainland China, an intensive training system is developed. It is a 6-week program covers basic ABA theories with an emphasis on implementation. Elements of behaviour skills training are utilized. Through readings, lectures, role-play, daily implementation with clients, and regular feedback from supervisors, trainees are expected to master skills listed on the RBT competency checklist. An evaluation system is developed for progress monitoring. Trainees must pass a written exam and a direct observation assessment to become a BT. From March 2018 to December 2018, 162 people participated in this training. The results show that the training is effective. Majority of the participants were able to pass the final evaluation.
The Impact of an Applied Behavioral Skills Training Workshop Series on the Behavior Analytic Practices of Emerging Practitioners in the Czech Republic
Domain: Applied Research
SHERI KINGSDORF (Masaryk University ), Karel Pancocha (Masaryk University)
Abstract: In the Czech Republic applied behavior analysis (ABA) is in its infancy. There has been movement towards establishing licensure and securing funding for the advancement of the field. While significant strides have been made in terms of availability and quality of ABA services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, there is more work to be done. In an effort to close gaps in current ABA practices, a structured curriculum was presented across six behavioral skills training (BST) workshops. Practitioners currently working in the field of ABA, who were also working towards BCBA certification, participated in the workshop series. The BST workshops focused on the typical progression of establishing ABA services; moving through the logistics of the intake process, assessment, behavior plan development, curriculum planning, and parent training. Impact data were collected throughout the series by evaluating the components present in clients’ ABA programming. A multiple probe design, across the components taught, was used to assess the outcomes of the applied BST sessions on the services being provided. Preliminary results indicate that the targeted BST workshops, set-up in an applied format with requirements for case application along the way, were effective in changing practices and outcomes.



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