|Implementing Applied Behavior Analysis in the School: A Public School District’s Approach|
|Saturday, May 29, 2010|
|8:00 AM–11:00 AM |
|Republic C (Grand Hyatt)|
|Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery|
|CE Instructor: Anthony DeFulio, Ph.D.|
|CARIN THOMPSON (Lewisville Intermediate School District), KELLE M. WOOD RICH (Central Texas Autism Center, Inc.)|
|Description: Under No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal law requires school districts to provide instruction using evidence based, peer-reviewed methodologies. Public school systems struggle to implement quality interventions due to lack of properly trained individuals and staff attrition. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) and verbal behavior (VB) are both scientifically based practices proven effective for students with autism. A large urban school district’s effective approach of implementing ABA and VB in the classroom based on staff retention and student achievement over the last 10 years will be presented which includes the following aspects: staff training using an expert consultant to develop a trainer of trainers model, providing on-going training and support to classroom teachers, collaborating with parents using various parent training models to meet the individual needs of students, and ideas for problem solving conflicts that arrive and the limitations—including training new staff, training assistants, scheduling, and lack of support by teachers, administrators, or parents.|
|Learning Objectives: The workshop has the following objectives:
1. At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to identify an effective training model for school staff.
2. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to name effective methodologies of applied behavior analysis and verbal behavior used in the classroom setting as they apply to individual and group instruction.
3. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify systems of data collection for the public school setting.
4. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify the procedures used to ensure integrity of interventions used with students from school to home.|
|Activities: Activities will include a review of ABA and VB theory, outlining staff training approach using an expert consultant to develop a trainer of trainers model, and video models of implementation of methodology and supporting data.|
|Audience: This workshop is targeted for professionals that are direct stakeholders in implementing ABA in the public school setting including teachers, administrators, psychologists, and behavior analysts.|
|Content Area: Practice|
|Instruction Level: Intermediate|