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 #508
CE Offered: BACB — 
Addressing the Global Application of Applied Behavior Analysis: The Expansion of an Orphanage to an Applied Behavior Analysis-Based School in China for Children With Multiple Disabilities
Monday, May 27, 2019
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Fairmont, Lobby Level, Cuvee
Area: CSS/DDA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Dorothy Xuan Zhang, Ph.D.
Chair: Dorothy Xuan Zhang (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; George Mason University; ABA Professional Committee of China Association of Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (ABA-CARDP)
JESSICA CALIXTO (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; George Mason University; ABC Behavior)
LEAH JOY MADDOX (ABC Behavior; George Mason University)

There is a call for behavior analysts to research and create adaptations for those with multiple disabilities and impairments in all areas of the world. With growing attention to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as an approach to assist children with disabilities, ABA methodologies are spreading globally. Popular assessments available in the field, however do not adhere to individuals with multiple disabilities and significant impairments. This session will address the challenges encountered by a group of behavior analysts who spent two weeks introducing ABA to an orphanage in Fuzhou, China, that has had no prior exposure to ABA principles. The treatment plans created, incorporated child-specific adaptations for 25 children in the orphanage that are not easily assessed through common modalities. From this trip, it was ascertained that steps would need to be taken to accurately assess the skills and deficits of these children, many of whom were non-verbal, blind, and/or wheelchair bound. Since this experience, the expansion of the orphanage to include a school specializing in ABA has begun. The successes and challenges of creating an ABA school in a novel setting as well as ways to contribute to the school will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience would be for those interested in continuing their education on the global application of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Learning Objectives: The audience will be able to identify cultural factors that may influence treatment. The audience will gain basic understanding of adaptations possible for children with multiple disabilities and significant impairments. The audience will have an understanding of establishing an ABA-based school in a novel location and global application.
Keyword(s): adaptations, China, global application, multiple disabilities



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