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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Panel #387
CE Offered: BACB
Bridging the Gap: Using Distance Technologies For Technology Transfer
Monday, May 26, 2008
10:30 AM–11:50 AM
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Siri Morris Ming, M.A.
Chair: Judith E. Favell (AdvoServ)
SIRI MORRIS MING (Humboldt County Office of Education)
VICCI TUCCI (Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.)
KRISTEN COPELAND (Private Consultant)
KIRSTEN K. YURICH (The Vista School)

With a growing interest in behavior analysis around the world, particularly for children with autism, many behavior analysts are called upon to provide services and supervision in far-flung regions with few services and supports. Distance technologies such as Web-based video conferencing, electronic video review, and simple phone calls can provide an efficient means of providing consultative services, and can also provide a means of establishing behavior analytic services in communities where none were formerly present. Distance-based supervision can mean the difference between a community with a growing number of certified behavior analysts, associate behavior analysts, and an ABA affiliate chapter, or a community with loosely tied practitioners "doing the best they can". Remote coaching can efficiently reach teachers and instructional assistants in classrooms that otherwise would rarely have supervision opportunities. However, the use of distance technologies also presents unique practical and ethical issues with regards to ensuring the effectiveness of this type of consultation, and exacerbates the difficulties inherent in any non-employee supervision arrangement. In this presentation, panel members will discuss the joys and tribulations of providing and receiving "virtual" supervision and coaching.




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