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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Symposium #32
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analysis Around the World: Current Efforts in Bringing our Discipline to Everyone
Saturday, May 24, 2014
1:00 PM–2:50 PM
W193a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: TBA/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Timothy C. Fuller (University of Nevada, Reno)
Discussant: Joseph E. Morrow (Applied Behavior Consultants, Inc.)
CE Instructor: Timothy C. Fuller, M.A.

The Symposium brings together a variety of international dissemination efforts. A goal of the symposium is to illustrate some of the ways Behavior Analysis is currently being offered in areas that have traditionally had little to no contact with the discipline. Furthermore, the event brings together speakers from varying backgrounds to share their perspectives on how behavior analysis can continue to bring its offerings to populations that have had limited contact with the discipline. Papers presented will concentrate the efforts currently being done in India, China, Taiwan, Russia, Belarus, and the Middle East region.

Keyword(s): Dissemination, International Development, Teaching BA, Training

CANCELED: Russia and Belarus Meet ABAI

ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center)

Presentations to 75 of the top Moscow psychologists included information on an introduction to behavior analysis, changing inner behavior, verbal behavior, quality assurance, employee satisfaction, and competition in industry. The presentations in Belarus also had the above areas plus a lecture on precision teaching’s standard celeration chart. The Belarus audience consisted of psychologists, teachers, and special education personnel. A part of our task was to present behavior analysis to people whose historic roots lie with Pavlov, but whose current philosophy and approach to treatment of all people lie more within the roots of mentalism. The two weeks of presentations, smaller meetings, and tours of schools were behavior analysis’s introduction to its principles and practices to this portion of the world. People from ABAI had previously spent time in St. Petersburg.


The Development of Behavior Analysis in a multicultural, multilingual and conventional India (2004- 2013)

SMITA AWASTHI (Association for Behavior Analysis of India)

Till as late as 2004, there was no knowledge of the science of ABA in India. A large country of one billion people and nearly a million children with autism. In 2013 we have 12 Behavior Analysts, various ABA based special needs centers, a BACB approved course sequence, and innumerable parents of children with autism asking for ABA. The 9 year journey in India has been full of challenges and made possible due to various strategic & bold decisions & campaigns. The impact on the development of ABA in India is irreversible.


The Development of Applied Behavior Analysis in China and Taiwan

SHU-HWEI KE (Seek Education, Inc. and University of Nevada, Reno)

This paper discusses the development of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in China and Taiwan. In 2000 and 2008, the first international ABA conference sponsored by SEEK Education, Inc. was held to disseminate behavior analysis in the area of education and treatment of children with autism in Taiwan and China, respectively. Following this, there has been an increasing number of parents of children with autism looking for effective treatment based on a behavioral approach. In addition, teachers and practitioners providing direct services to this population are finding ways to receive systematic training and education in behavior analysis. These developments have been fostered by additional support from the governments of China and Taiwan for the establishment of educational programs to serve the vast populations in these regions. This paper aims to discuss the progression and challenges of ABA development over the past decade. The development of ABA intensive intervention programs, systematic training sequences, BCaBA and BCBA course sequences, and the future development of behavior analysis in China and Taiwan will be discussed.


Behavior Analysis Training Efforts in the Middle East

TIMOTHY C. FULLER (University of Nevada, Reno), Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)

This paper discusses the current training efforts occurring Saudi Arabia. The training efforts are predicated on the work that had been done in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Building and refining a program of behavior analytic instruction in coordination with service providers in the region will be presented as well as a hybrid supervision structure that is being employed. The paper discuses the scope and sequence of behavior analytic instruction along with how students contact ongoing supervision of clinical activities. A model of how this type of training can be replicated in other locations will be offered as well as lessons learned from attempting to bring behavior analytic training to a region that has had limited contact with the discipline. Particular considerations discussed include: cultural & language barriers and solutions, as well as distance based instructional methods and how they are being employed to solve limitations of previous attempts to bring a sustained model of behavior analytic training to the region.




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