Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W60
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Bridging Socio-cultural Differences and Distance in the Treatment and Support of Children With Autism and Related Developmental Disorders
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
213 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Elizabeth Fong Hughes, M.A.
ROBYN M. CATAGNUS (Rethink Autism), LIN CHONG (Rethink Autism), ELIZABETH FONG HUGHES (Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts), FRANCINE BAFFA (IBEST, LLC), SAKURAKO SHERRY TANAKA (Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts)
Description: This workshop will present four cross-cultural models of behavior analytic practice for children diagnosed with autism: "Leveraging Technology to Provide Evidence-Based Educational Services for Students With Autism" by Robyn Catagnus and Lin Chong from Rethink Autism, "Bilingual Verbal Behavior Intervention" by Sakurako Tanaka, "Using Peers to Support Social Development Within Different Cultures" by Francine Baffa, and "Translating Clinical Counselling Strategies for Immigrant Families" by Elizabeth Hughes Fong from Rethink Autism. Behavior analysts practicing in global societies are required to expand their cross-cultural knowledge and skills in order to effectively deliver contextually fit ABA services. This workshop will cover some critical concepts and standard practices widely held and recommended by the broader science communities—to the extent that they will provide practical advantages to behavior analysts.The workshop will address strategies for working with families with a child who has a diagnosis of ASD, as well as functioning in a diverse social, cultural, economic, and linguistic environment. Some limitations include an inability to address each individual cultural background and case details. The workshop is intended to increase awareness of the social and ethical issues pertaining to the delivery of ABA services in diverse cultural communities.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Modify their consulting techniques and interventions based on a goodness of fit survey to enhance contextual fit

Describe three ways in which technology could enhance service to their clients and discuss the ethical considerations for each use

Define subtractive bilingualism, additive bilingualism, and semilingualism and provide one example of each

Describe at least five key elements of a functional common ground between behaviour analysis and applied linguistics

Develop an example of a play-based scenario to enhance social communication in the form of reciprocity, joint attention, and relatedness

Identify and respond to ethical questions pertaining to cross-cultural treatment settings and practices in accordance with BACB ethics guidelines

Activities: Participants will be introduced to four related but separate presentations on cross-cultural delivery of ABA-based practices in which they will review written and orally presented materials, engage in discussions, role play, and do analytic exercises. More specifically they will be introduced to a) promising applications of scalable technology to provide behavior analytic training and support for educators and parents, effectiveness of video modeling as a teaching tool, and ethical considerations of a remote consultation service delivery, and b) the current research in bilingualism and second language education as these are compared to and contrasted with contemporary developments within ABA, including DTT, NET, PBS, and verbal behavior approaches, as well as engage in a discussion on a synthetic model of bilingual intervention. Moreover, via role play and scenario analysis, participants will explore how self-advocacy and social skills can be strengthened and provided for young children across cultures; using material based on counselling techniques cited in related journals and text, participants will discuss techniques in working with children who are identified as multicultural based on their ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation.
Audience: The target audience consists of clinical practitioners, behavior consultants, teachers, therapists, and parents with experience or interest in treating children with diagnoses of ASD from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds; autism service providers extending or with plans to extend their ABA-based services to overseas communities, or overseas clinical experts, service providers, and schools adapting ABA-based interventions for autism and related developmental disorders within their cultural communities; and clinicians, behavior consultants, and teachers who are working within a bilingual context and community, socio-economically challenged groups/families, and immigrant families.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): autism treatment, bilingualism, distant consulting, social-cultural difference



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