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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #185
CE Offered: BACB — 
Thinking Outside of the Skinner Box: Ethically Addressing Barriers to Learning Using the Evidence-Based Practice Model
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom DE
Area: PRA/DDA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Megan Miller, Ph.D.
Chair: Megan Miller (FSU CARD; Navigation Behavioral Consulting)
STEVEN J. WARD (Whole Child Consulting, LLC)
MARY LYNCH BARBERA (Barbera Behavior Consulting, LLC)

Behavior analysts are frequently trained to implement specific procedures found within behavioral and educational journals. However, practitioners frequently encounter situations that do not exactly apply to this literature base. This panel will discuss how to ethically apply the science of behavior analysis using an evidence-based practice model focused on clinical expertise, the individual client, and the best available research. Panelists will discuss how they have successfully applied this model to address common barriers to learning such as weak motivation, escape maintained challenging behavior, prompt dependence, and developing instructional control. Each panelist has significant experience and expertise with applying the science of behavior analysis as a whole and determining the most effective intervention for each client based on the methods and principles of this science as opposed to broadly and generically applying popular procedures with each client. Audience members will be given the opportunity at the end of the panel to ask the panelists for their expertise in ethically addressing common barriers to learning.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This panel is most appropriate for intermediate level or higher behavior analysts who have been practicing for several years and wish to learn more about how to enhance the scientific application of behavior analysis within the practitioner setting.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify how at least one section of the Code applies to the use of the evidence-based practice model Participants will be able to explain how to modify popular behavior analytic procedures based on the needs of their individual clients Participants will be able to explain how to individually assess barriers for each learner and develop interventions based on this assessment.
Keyword(s): EBP, Escape Extinction, Prompt Dependence



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