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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #546
CE Offered: BACB — 
When Applied Behavior Analysis Goes to School: Lessons Learned From the Field
Monday, May 27, 2019
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Fairmont, Second Level, Gold
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Hamrick, Ph.D.
Chair: Jennifer Hamrick (Texas Tech University)
ALYSSA N. WILSON (Saint Louis University)
KATHERINE WHEELER (Del Valle Independent School District)
JON PETERSON (Norwich Public Schools)

While schools continue to adopt the use of behavior anlaytic principles into their teaching practices when working with students with developmental disabilities, the employment of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and their job descriptions in the school setting are quite diverse and vary with each school district. Teachers and paraprofessionals can benefit from the guidance and feedback provided by a BCBA but barriers do exist that prevent adequate time and resources for all levels of educators to access quality training. Buy-in from school administrators is sometime directly correlated with costs that includes materials, resources, and substitutes to cover classrooms when teachers and paraprofessionals leave for training purposes. Ethical considerations for BCBAs employed by the public school system will be discussed as well as future directions for providing schools with the education and tools necessary to give teachers and paraprofessionals the ABA training that they need. Representation from school systems across the US will present their schools' basic data and job descriptions for BCBAs in their districts, as well as how they disseminate the use of ABA to all levels of educators who work with individuals with developmental disabilities. This panel will discuss the need for BCBAs in the school system, challenges, and recommendations for job descriptions for districts employing BCBAs in their systems.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts of all levels employed by both schools and private companies that may consult/work in collaboration with public school systems.

Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to describe the specific issues in school districts related to practicing as a BCBA in the public school setting. 2) Participants will be able to discuss potential solutions for job descriptions and job expectations for BCBAs in the public school setting. 3) Participants will be able to discuss potential solutions for everyday challenges BCBAs experience as part of their daily work in public schools. 4) Participants will be able to identify the benefits of BCBAs as part of school district staff for students, educators, school leadership, and parents.



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