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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Symposium #79
CE Offered: BACB
Applied Behavior Analysis for Everyone: Establishing Additional Avenues
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10:30 AM–12:20 PM
Forum EF, Niveau 1
Area: PRA/TBA
CE Instructor: Ryan Lee O'Donnell, M.S.
Chair: Dag Sørheim (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
Discussant: Dag S�rheim (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
Abstract: Applied behavior analysis can be utilized to affect a wide range of socially significant behaviors across a diverse number of populations. This symposium seeks to address additional areas, practices, and populations that can benefit from applied behavior analysis, and the ways in which behavior analysts can find themselves in these fields. The presenters will discuss their own work in traditionally established recipients of ABA services, review their progress in diversifying the recipients of applied behavior analysis, and provide future directions to be pursued. Historical, legal, and ethical barriers to applied behavior analysis in a variety of domains will be addressed, as well as introducing avenues by which behavior analysts can enter and improve other fields using the science of human behavior. This symposium will explore a number of diverse domains in which behavior analysis can work to improve the lives of a number of populations by affecting socially significant behaviors.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): behavioral technology, precision teaching, real-world change, self-management
Using Technology of Tools and Technology of Teaching in Applied Settings
(Applied Research)
Dorothee Lerges (Institut Medico-Educatif ECLAIR), SIMON DEJARDIN (Private Practice)
Abstract: This presentation is an illustration of how both data-based decision making processes and technological tools are relevant in applied settings and how the latter can influence the former in a meaningful and powerful way. Simon Lergs-Dejardin will present a case of a young girl with Potocki-Lupski syndrom that had no functional communication prior to intervention. The intervention consisted in developing a fine motor repertoire (the Big 6) through fluency-based instruction to promote the use of the tablet in order to communicate with a selection-based app. The success of this case will show that both technology of teaching (fluency-based instruction through Precision Teaching, Big 6 and Clicker training), and technology of tools (the use of an on online application to chart data on Standard Celeration Charts aka Chartlytics and the section-based application) are a powerful combination in behavior analysis and should be the standard when one work with students with special needs.
Development of Evidence-Based Practices Services in France for Students With Learning Disabilities
(Service Delivery)
Dorothee Lerges (Institut Medico-Educatif ECLAIR), SIMON DEJARDIN (Private Practices)
Abstract: Although behavior analytic services for students with autism and other developmental disabilities remain marginal (only around 30 Certified Behavior Analysts are registered in France), it is growing year after year due to increasing demand by parents and caretakers. The result of this growth is that behavior analysis, or ABA, becomes synonymous with autism treatment despite the our history of working with various populations, settings, and social significant events. Currently there are few Behavior Analysts in France that work outside the field of developmental and related disabilities. In order to extend behavior analysis outside the field of autism, professionals need to address other disabilities and needs. The presenters believe that a good starting point would be to help meet the difficulties that occur within school, as it represents a large number of children and adolescents. During this presentation, Simon and Dorothe Lergs-Dejardin will present the state of evidence-based practices (i.e., Precision Teaching) for students with special needs in France, show data that they have collected about the need for these kinds of services, and provide the process they went through in order to open the first specialized center in France.
The Institute of Meaningful Instruction: An Attempt to Expand the Human Potential
(Applied Research)
RYAN LEE O'DONNELL (Institute of Meaningful Instruction), Mark Malady (Institute of Meaningful Instruction, Bx+), Bryan Hallauer (Institute of Meaningful Instruction)
Abstract: Over the past 20 years, there has been a renewed interest in designing educational environments that lead to various practical outcomes for learners. Educational endeavors may be conceptualized as falling within several categories: formal public education, formal private education, independent studies, athletic activities, musical activities, and day-to-day learning through an individual's life. In the past decade, the creation of individual learning opportunities through internet-based applications increased. Behavior analysis, historically aligned with formulating instructional design methods, can lend a helping hand to create meaningful educational opportunities for people of varying ages and ability. An educational technology startup (Institute of Meaningful Instruction, LLC) in Reno, Nevada launched in 2015 with the mission to expand the human potential through instructional material. This presentation will cover the founders approaches to creating instructional materials in-line with the mission and outside mainstream ABA approaches and populations. Successes, failures, and suggestions for the future will be presented.
Bx+: A Framework for Continued Professional Development and Community
(Service Delivery)
RYAN LEE O'DONNELL (Institute of Meaningful Instruction, Bx+), Mark Malady (Institute of Meaningful Instruction, Bx+), Melissa Engasser (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc, Bx+), Paulo Aguirra Gameiro (Bx+), Tom Buqo (Hofstra Univeristy, Bx+)
Abstract: Bx+ started as a meetup group of soon-to-be behavior analysts in 2013 with the mission “We aim to create a collaborative environment where students of behavior analysis are exposed to and pursue behavior analytic literature, philosophy and research.” The idea being that the “Bx” symbolizes our subject matter that we all share a common interest in (Behavior Analysis), and the “+” symbolizes the behavioral technology (gadgets, processes and procedures) that we include within our group to achieve the mission of the organization. Throughout now 4 years of being an independent (and sometimes lost) organization of passionate behavior analysts with high aspirations we have learned a little about creating projects that align the passions of behavior analysts across the world in an online format. This presentation seeks to explain the purpose of the organization, technologies that have proven useful in its continued development, current projects that it’s working on for the community related to dissemination, and data on the success and failure of various ventures within the lifespan of the organization.
 

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