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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #474
CE Offered: BACB — 
Honey I Analyzed the Kids: Being Both Professionals and Parents of Neurodiverse Children
Monday, May 25, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty M
Area: CSS/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ann B Beirne, M.A.
Chair: Bobby Newman (Proud Moments)
ANN B BEIRNE (Proud Moments)
ANDREA KOTLER (Proud Moments)
CELIA HEYMAN (Capella University; Above and Beyond Learning Group)

Empathy is perhaps the most important skill that a behavior analyst can possess. Though many behavior analyst struggle with understanding families, there are many of us who have, to borrow a phrase, waled a mile in their shoes. This panel consists of participants who have been in two roles: behavior analysts and parent of neurodiverse children. We will discuss the effect that this has had on our families and professional lives, the challenges and joys of raising neurodiverse children, and how our experience has impacted us professionally.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BCBAs in direct service with families

Learning Objectives: Identify challenges of avoiding multiple relationships when parenting neurodiverse children Identify tactics for working with families Describe learning history for families of neurodiverse children
Keyword(s): ADHD, ASD, ethics, parenting



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