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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #72
CE Offered: BACB
ABAI Practice Board: Practitioner Resources for Identifying Evidence Based Practices in Autism Treatment
Saturday, May 26, 2012
3:30 PM–4:50 PM
204 (TCC)
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Robert K. Ross, Ed.D.
Chair: Michael F. Dorsey (Endicott College)
EILEEN GAMBRILL (University of California, Berkeley)
MARY JANE WEISS (Endicott College)
Abstract: The number of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased dramatically over the past two decades, and the need to provide treatment to these individuals has given rise to wide range of treatment options available to consumers. Unfortunately for consumers, many of the popular ASD treatments lack a solid empirical basis of support. A number of states and organizations have attempted to provide guidance with respect to the evidence base of autism treatments (New York, Maine, NRC, NAC, CDC, etc.). The guidelines developed by these organizations while helpful, are not meant to be practice recommendations for behavior analysts. The ABAI Practice Board is beginning a process designed to evaluate interventions in autism for their consistency with behavior analytic practices as well as their evidence basis. It is hoped that this process will lead to clarity of what constitutes practices that fall within and without the applied and ethical practice of behavior analysis. The panel will outline this proposed process and discuss some of the challenges inherent in this endeavor. The panel will engage in a dialog with the audience to help shape this process. Those interested in participation in the process are highly encouraged to attend.



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