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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Panel #108
PDS: Strategies for Effective and Ethical Collaboration in the School Setting
Saturday, May 27, 2017
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3C
Area: AUT/DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Joseph Hacker (McNeese State University)
ROBERT K. ROSS (Beacon ABA Services)
KATHERINE COLLINS (Texas Tech University)
RACHEL FREEDMAN (Bellingham Public Schools)

Interventions in the clinical setting have been established as an effective means for treating challenging behaviors and increasing skill acquisition, however, truly effective interventions equate to comprehensive interventions. For an intervention to be comprehensive, the target behavior must be addressed across a variety of stimuli, one of the most important of these being the school setting. The school setting has proven itself to be one of the more difficult in which to transition, being problematic even for well-practiced behavior analysts. Poor learning history with schools have led toward an apprehensiveness across professionals with regard to collaboration. The combination of apprehension and poor learning history often leads to ineffective school-based treatment, wherein the client and their development suffer. Beyond basic apprehension, taking the school on as a client opens up a whole series of ethical considerations that, if left unaddressed, can leave a well-meaning behavior analyst unknowingly at risk. This presentation will cover strategies to ensure the most ethical and effective school-based practice, while addressing potential strategies to correcting the poor learning history.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism, Ethics, School-based



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