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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Panel #53
CE Offered: BACB
Build a Better Mousetrap: An Innovative Public School Applied Behavior Analysis Hybrid Model
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Studio DE, Niveau 2
Area: OBM/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Leaora L. Wagner, M.A.
Chair: Richard E. Laitinen (Peronalized Accelerated Learning Systems (PALS))
LEAORA L. WAGNER (Sarah Dooley Center for Autism)
SARA GARBARINI (David Gregory School)
ADAM DREYFUS (Sarah Dooley Center for Autism)
Abstract: Panelists will discuss how they implemented a clinically sound Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) public school hybrid model in a failing private day school serving children diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual Disability. The failing school had parents who were outraged with the programming, along with funding agents and public school liaisons removing students at alarming rates. Panelists will highlight the implementation of structured teaching, verbal behavior interventions, the use of technology, fidelity checklists, and Organizational Behavior Management methodology that increased the goals met by 430% and a data collection system that last resulted in over 1.6 million data points gathered and graphically displayed. Unlike many ABA-based schools, , the Sarah Dooley Center is modeled on the look, rhythm and feel of a public school which has resulted in a tremendous increase in students being transferred back to their local public schools. We have also partially implemented a cloud-based verbal curriculum. Results of on-going studies on the efficiency and efficacy of cloud-based assessment, instruction and curricula will be discussed.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): OBM, Special Education, Technology, Verbal Behavior



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