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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Paper Session #414
Case Study in International Dissemination and Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Partnering With Brazilian Not-for-Profit Clinic
Monday, May 25, 2020
3:30 PM–3:50 PM
Virtual
Area: AUT
Chair: Valeria Parejo (Changing Behavior LLC/Florida Institute of Technology online courses)
 

Case Study in International Dissemination and Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Partnering With Brazilian Not-for-Profit Clinic

Domain: Service Delivery
VALERIA PAREJO (Changing Behavior LLC/Florida Institute of Technology online courses), Celisabel Caldevilla (Changing Behavior LLC)
 
Abstract:

The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate a way to disseminate ABA internationally with limited resources, by building working relationships with local partners to foster good service provision to the local population. A ABA Miami-based company partnered up with a not-for-profit organization in São Paulo, Brazil, whose mission is to serve children and adults with Autism, providing educational, speech, physical, and occupational therapy. Staff at the non-for-profit came from a variety of fields (psychology, education, speech pathology, etc.) and had minimal understanding of behavior principles. Through the partnership with the US-based company, basic training in ABA was provided to all staff working in the organization, ongoing clinical consultation was secured for the most challenging cases, and management is receiving OBM consultation to improve work practices and increase the quality of work life for the staff. This consultation model empowers the local partners to provide free quality services to the population and disseminate best ABA practices in their region by training their staff and being a practicum site for various local universities. A replication of this model is planned for 2020 in a nearby town, with support from local municipalities.

 
 

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