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 #36
Models of ABA in Latvia and China
Sunday, September 29, 2019
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, Meeting Room 24/25
Chair: Barbara Schwartz-Bechet (Misericordia University)
Providing Instruction in ABA at the University of Latvia: A Fulbright Experience
Area: TBA
Domain: Service Delivery
BARBARA SCHWARTZ-BECHET (Misericordia University)
Abstract: Through this Fulbright project, the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) were taught to psychology and pedagogy students, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, at the University of Riga where there had been no formal program in ABA nor in the field of psychology due to the previous Soviet rule. The university is now poised to begin development of programs and training and this was one of the first attempts to move this forward. The goals of the project were to provide knowledge of ABA to students, deepen the knowledge of ABA with psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists and speech language therapists, and provide supervision for specialists in existing autism schools and programs. The instruction provided followed the basic tenets of behavior as a science (Johnston & Pennypacker, 2008). The areas of active instruction included topic areas of discrimination training, contingency contracting, functional assessment and analysis, chaining, task analysis, and shaping, stimulus control, discrimination and generalization, and ethics of assessing behavior. Understanding how to effectively read and analyze research for use in in vivo practice was also included. The presentation will discuss the techniques used to engage the students in application and analytic processes and procedures and how working across cultures and languages was made accessible and applicable. Generalization of new skills was used across workshops, and case studies were developed by participants for relevancy and reliability. The potential impact is to identify and develop intercultural competencies and practices that identify, teach and maintain the positive use of ABA practices that can be generalized to a populace that has not had this skill in the past.
Setting Up a Quality ABA-Based Intervention Service in Mainland China: A Case Study
Area: OBM
Domain: Service Delivery
DIANNA HIU YAN YIP (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Yee Tak Lee (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Tsz Lau (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Siqi Xie (Private Practice), Ziyan Ziyan Chen (P.L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting), Yan Long (Private Practice)
Abstract: Quality ABA-based Intervention Services for children with Autism is in huge demand across the globe. Yet, there are limited professionals trained with relevant experiences and qualification. This is especially true in Asia. In Mainland China, there are 1.3 billion of people and only 21 BCBAs as of January 2019. Due to the popularity of ABA services, there are thousands of organizations claiming to provide ABA-based intervention services. Most of these organizations do not have any qualified professionals on staff nor have adequate staff training. Working with a new centre in China since summer 2016, we have created a model to provide quality services with limited professional resources. By creating systems to allow checks and balances and regular supervision, we focus on training teachers (aka behaviour technicians) and supervisors. Our goal is to build capacity and allow the centre to use less financial resources to provide quality services for a larger population over time. The preliminary result is positive. We have trained over 150 teachers, 30 supervisors, and 3 BCaBAs in 2 years. The centre is able to replicate the model and start 2 new sites in different cities.



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