Association for Behavior Analysis International

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37th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2011

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Invited Tutorial #209
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analysis in Virginia: Improving Services Through the Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 29, 2011
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Korbel Ballroom 2A (Convention Center)
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY/BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Katherine Meincke Matthews, Ph.D.
Chair: Jessica Singer-Dudek (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Presenting Authors: : KATHERINE MEINCKE MATTHEWS (The Faison School for Autism)

This presentation will provide an overview of a comprehensive model of behavior analytic education as it has been implemented and replicated in schools in the State of Virginia. The Faison School, initially established as an affiliate program of Virginia Commonwealth University, has grown from a program offour students to nearly 100, all diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disability. The school is now affiliated with the applied behavior analysis program at Teachers College Columbia University and the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Through these affiliations, the school offers a comprehensive behavior analytic model of education and training alongside more intensive intervention services for students removed from public education settings. The school's data-driven and individualized system allows for immediate data collection and analysis of the behaviors of teachers and students, which allows participants to receive the most appropriate services and tactics for all areas of learning and teaching. In total, the school maintains data on learn units, Teacher Performance Rate Accuracy Observations, teacher decisions, student and staff achievement toward goals, as some examples. The model has also recently been replicated in the public schools. In this presentation, the CABAS components, including learn units, teacher data, decision analyses, and assessments, will be reviewed and discussed as well as future needs and directions of the model overall.

KATHERINE MEINCKE MATTHEWS (The Faison School for Autism)
Dr. Kathy Matthews is the Executive Director of The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, Virginia. The Faison School is a Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS�) component program providing educational services to students aged 2-22 in a publicly funded, private setting. The school is affiliated with the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Teachers College Columbia University and the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins. Dr. Matthews holds an Adjunct teaching position at Teachers College, an Associate Behavior Analyst rank with CABAS�, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to The Faison School, Dr. Matthews obtained her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Teachers College Columbia University where she also taught courses and mentored graduate students. While in New York, Dr. Matthews worked as an ABA Program Supervisor at The Fred S. Keller School and Shema Kolainu. She also served as a Licensed Teacher for a BOCES program in NY and as a Behavior Analyst Consultant to the CABAS� home programs and to the Jigsaw School in Surrey, England. Further, Dr. Matthews has conducted numerous presentations at professional conferences and participated in research opportunities since 2001 on the topics of Verbal Behavior, Metaphor, Teacher Training, Peer Tutoring, Stimulus Equivalence, and CABAS� System Development.



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