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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.


Moving the Mountain: Building Capacity for Behavioral Intervention in Public Schools

Pennington RobertRobert Pennington, Ph.D., (University of Louisville)


Abstract: Despite a gathering consensus about the effectiveness of behavior analytic intervention for learners with autism, many school systems still struggle with the adoption, provision, and evaluation of behavior analytic programming. Furthermore, a history of exposure to poor consultation practices has resulted in frequent resistance to change agents not employed by local districts. In this presentation, Dr. Pennington will discuss contingencies at the individual and systems level that may serve as barriers to the adoption of behavior analytic practice and collaboration with consulting behavior analysts by local school systems. He will then describe his past work in capacity building through the Kentucky Autism Training Center and provide suggestions for navigating public school settings to provide consultation.


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