Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Invited Paper Session #152
Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis in China: A Reflection of Twenty Years of Dissemination and Progress
Sunday, May 24, 2020
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Area: TBA
Chair: Lin Du (Teachers College, Columbia University)
CE Instructor: Lin Du, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: WEIHE HUANG (Creating Behavioral + Educational Momentum)
Abstract: In the West, the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) evolved from experimental analysis of behavior. In this evolutionary process, seven dimensions of ABA emerged: applied, behavioral, analytic, technological, conceptual, effective, and generality. On the other hand, ABA was introduced into mainland China 20 years ago and has been developing since then as a direct result of the rise of autism spectrum disorder. Therefore, the level of acceptance of, and interest in, the aforementioned seven dimensions varied in China. The different development of ABA dimensions in the West and in China can also be attributed to cultural and societal variables as well. This presentation will provide an overview of what I observed in the past two decades regarding the practice and research of ABA in China. Equipped with personal experience and relevant literature both in English and in Chinese, I will describe efforts and milestones of disseminating ABA in China. Based on this anthropological description, I will also share with participants my assessment of the current dimensions of ABA in China as well as recommendations to further elevate ABA practices and research in China.
Target Audience:

Practitioners and researchers who are interested in diversity-related issues in general; providers and educators who are interested in providing programs to Chinese populations.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the main difference of evolutionary courses of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the West and in China; (2) list seven core dimensions of ABA in general and describe at least four of the current dimensions of ABA in China in particular (as presented by the speaker); (3) identify at least two cultural and societal variables that have influenced the development of ABA in China.
WEIHE HUANG (Creating Behavioral + Educational Momentum)
Dr. Weihe Huang is a board certified behavior analyst. Currently, he is the vice president of a California-based company named Creating Behavioral + Educational Momentum and an adjunct professor with Florida Institute of Technology. Internationally, Dr. Huang serves as an expert consultant for the Beijing-based Ai You Charity Foundation and as a chief clinical consultant for Linjie Psychological Rehabilitation Clinic for Children in Wuhan, China. He attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, earning his Ph.D. in 1997. Dr. Huang has been active in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for twenty-five years, having served as a board member and committee chair of California Association for Behavior Analysis for several terms. He has devoted much of his time to dissemination of applied behavior analysis in Asian countries including China. In 2000, Dr. Huang received an international development grant from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis and with that support, he went to China to teach ABA courses in universities and special education schools. Two years later, his teaching materials evolved into a monograph entitled Behavioral intervention for children with autism and developmental disorders, which was the first published book of this kind in the Chinese language. So far, Dr. Huang has published 10 research studies in English, seven books in Chinese on applied behavior analysis and autism, and a Chinese translation of Verbal behavior milestones assessment and placement program (VB-MAPP). Among his achievements are an Award for Outstanding Research Achievement from Shanghai Association for Philosophy and Social Sciences and a Diversity Award from the International Society for Autism Research.



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