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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Tutorial #113
CE Offered: BACB
Getting Behavior Analysis in Schools: Building and Maintaining Relationships With Educators
Saturday, May 27, 2017
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center 401/402
Area: EDC/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Scott P. Ardoin, Ph.D.
Chair: Scott P. Ardoin (UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research)
Presenting Authors: : CYNTHIA M. ANDERSON (May Institute)

The science and practice of behavior analysis has much to offer educators. For example, behavior analytic interventions have been shown to be effective for increasing academic and pro-social skills and reducing problem behavior for students with and without disabilities. In spite of these successes however, educators are not beating down our proverbial door. Instead, behavior analysts often report the opposite: school doors seem shut and locked tight, there seems to be little or no interest on the part of educators in working with a behavior analyst. This presentation will address some of the challenges we face in working with schools and will describe a framework for developing and maintaining a positive and effective consulting relationship with educators.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Professionals who serve as consultants in schools or are interested in serving as school consultants.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe a framework for school consultation; (2) Apply the logic of functional assessment to a collaborative relationship with an educator; (3) Explain how systemic change in schools can be achieved via consultation
Cynthia M. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from West Virginia University in 1999. Her research and clinical practice has focused on the use of behavior analytic assessment and intervention methods in school settings, with a particular focus on how systems might be developed to support high-quality implementation over time. Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Applied Behavior Analysis and Director of the National Autism Center at the May Institute. She is the Applied Representative to the Executive Council of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
Keyword(s): behavioral interventions, consultation, functional assessment, schools



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