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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Invited Tutorial #248
CE Offered: BACB
Using Modern Technology to Incorporate the Principles of Behavior Analysis Into Remote Training and Supervision
Sunday, May 30, 2021
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Michael F. Dorsey, Ph.D.
Chair: Michael F. Dorsey (Amego Inc.)
Presenting Authors: : BRYAN BLAIR (Long Island University-Brooklyn), JESSLYN FARROS (Center for Applied Behavior Analysis; Pepperdine University; Building Connections Behavioral Health), CHERYL DAVIS (Russell Sage College; SupervisorABA)

Instructors, trainers, tutors, and supervisors have been designing and delivering remote learning experiences for a range of learners for many years. However, some of the common methodologies and modalities, and available resources may appear to be high-quality but many of these technologies often do not incorporate best practices of instruction based on the principles of behavior analysis. In addition, some of these technologies and systems that use best practices of behavioral education and training as demonstrated by recently published publications are not often widely known or implemented across a range of instructional and training settings. This tutorial will present attendees with common practical problems and hurdles related to remote training, and will also provide attendees with easily implemented solutions based on the principles of behavior analysis and that use free or low-cost and widely available technologies and applications. The tutorial will also include detailed demonstrations of some of these solutions directly related to practical skills of interest to a range of behavior analytic practitioners and supervisors across a variety of settings.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Faculty, supervisors, and trainers

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify basic behavior analytic principles associated with several new remote learning modalities and technologies; (2) identify challenges and barriers to remote instruction, learning, and supervision; (3) identify and develop at least one real-world behavioral solution to a challenge/barrier to remote instruction, learning, and supervision.
BRYAN BLAIR (Long Island University-Brooklyn), JESSLYN FARROS (Center for Applied Behavior Analysis; Pepperdine University; Building Connections Behavioral Health), CHERYL DAVIS (Russell Sage College; SupervisorABA)

Dr. Bryan J. Blair is currently an Assistant Professor at Long Island University - Brooklyn where he is also the coordinator of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) graduate certificate and supervised fieldwork programs. He is a licensed behavior analyst and doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities and clinical disorders for over 15 years in a variety of settings. He received an M.S. in ABA from Northeastern University in 2007 and a Ph.D. in ABA from Endicott College in 2017. Dr. Blair also provides digital technology consultation related to the practice of ABA. He has presented on topics in ABA and autism spectrum disorder at state, regional, and national conferences and has published research in peer-reviewed journals. His research and professional areas of interest include complex human behavior, improving learning outcomes, verbal behavior, staff training, parent consultation, instructional design, digital learning, and BCBA/Clinical supervision.

Jesslyn N. Farros, Ph.D., BCBA-D, has had the privilege of working in the field of behavior analysis for more than 10 years. She earned her Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Endicott College. She currently supervises programs for adults with severe challenging behaviors at the Center for Applied Behavior Analysis, consults in the area of performance management at Building Connections Behavioral Health, and is adjunct faculty in the ABA Master’s program at Pepperdine University. Her favorite course to teach is verbal behavior, which she developed for the Endicott College Master’s program. Dr. Farros is an active participant at several conferences including ABAI and CalABA, and she has recently published papers in the areas of verbal behavior and online learning. Her research interests focus on evidence-based learning and verbal behavior.
Cheryl Davis is a licensed and certified behavior analyst as well as a special education teacher who received her doctoral degree from Endicott College in Applied Behavior Analysis. Cheryl is an Assistant Professor at The Sage Colleges, as well as owner of 7 Dimensions Consulting, LLC, and co-owner of SupervisorABA. She received a Master’s of Science Degree in Intensive Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA, after attending The University of Connecticut where she received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. Cheryl then pursued her BCBA, while working in a world-renowned ABA school. With almost 30 years of experience working with children and families with autism, developmental disabilities, and related disorders, Cheryl specializes in effective supervision for upcoming BCBA/BCaBA candidates. She has a passion for supervision, in both providing it to people who are in locations with limited access to behavior analysis and working with other supervisors to develop best practices.



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