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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #482
CE Offered: BACB
A Parent Perspective: The Art and Science of Creating a Resilient Partnership With Parents
Monday, May 31, 2021
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Susan Wilczynski (Ball State University)
CE Instructor: Susan Wilczynski, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: CHRISSY MCNAIR (PHAME)

The developmental skills gained from a behavior therapy program are greatly improved if the child has a nurturing environment in which family members are equipped to continue therapeutic techniques outside the formal sessions. When a parent sees themselves as a valued extension of the therapy team, they are better able to engage in the process and contribute to a child's success. The relationship between therapist and parent is a complex one, and a strong, collaborative partnership is fundamental to the success of any therapy program. This presentation will examine the parent/therapist dynamic and discuss concrete strategies for building a solid, resilient relationship benefitting the child, family and therapy team.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify the key building blocks foundational to a strong, collaborative therapist/parent relationship; (2) describe strategies for building initial and on-going trusting partnerships; (3) utilize tools for improving parental engagement.
Chrissy McNair has been a parent advocate and community leader for those on the Autism Spectrum for over 18 years. She has served on numerous Board of Directors including the Autism Society of Nebraska, Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Autism Living, Inc, and is currently on the board for PHAME, a performing arts academy for adults with Developmental Disabilities. Chrissy spearheaded state and community efforts for policy changes benefitting people with autism, and has been a strategic advisor for organizations including The Munroe Meyer Institute’s Center for Autism, The Autism Action Partnership, and a former member of the Nebraska Act Early State Team. Chrissy and her family were featured in Kennedy Krieger Institute’s magazine Potential, and she has mentored numerous families navigating the challenges of receiving an autism diagnosis. Chrissy’s passion is supporting other parents of children on the autism spectrum, and is the author of the book, “Special, Too: Meeting the Unique Needs of the Caregiver.” Chrissy and her husband have three sons, and live in Portland, Oregon.



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