Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Panel #69
CE Offered: BACB
Vulnerability and Bias in BCBA's and Parents' Choices of Autism Treatments
Saturday, May 24, 2008
3:30 PM–4:50 PM
International South
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kimberly A. Schreck, Ph.D.
Chair: Kimberly A. Schreck (Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg)
RICHARD M. FOXX (Pennsylvania State University)
JAMES A. MULICK (The Ohio State University)
ERIC BUTTER (Columbus Children's Hospital & The Ohio State University)
KIMBERLY A. SCHRECK (Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg)

With the increasing number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, parents have been struggling to find treatments to help their children. In response to this need, a proliferation of professionals (e.g., Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Educators, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, etc.) with a wide variety of experiences has hastened to provide treatments for this population. However, not all have been reportedly recommending and providing scientifically supported ABA services and many have been providing fad treatment Of special concern is when BCBAs knowingly or unknowingly endorse or recommend fad treatments. This panel discusses parental responses to treatment recommendations, Board Certified Behavior Analysts uses ABA and fad treatments, the ethical responsibilities of behavior analysts, and ways of ensuring that fad treatments are not recommended or endorsed.




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