Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Panel #99
CE Offered: BACB
Responding to Recent Critiques of Applied Behavior Analysis
Saturday, September 3, 2022
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
Meeting Level 2; Wicklow Hall 2B
Area: PCH/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D.
Chair: Joseph H. Cihon (Autism Partnership Foundation)
JUSTIN B. LEAF (Autism Partnership Foundation)
MELISSA SAUNDERS (Creative Interventions)

ABA has been demonstrated as an effective intervention for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities for decades. Nonetheless, neurodiversity activists continue to raise concerns over the use of ABA (e.g., Latimer, 2019, Sequenzia, 2016). This panel will discuss approaches for addressing raised concerns, the need to continuously analyze our own research for ways to improve our practices, and the importance of innovative research in the field.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Intermediate
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will describe the risks of ABA critics 2. Participants will identify strategies for appropriately responding to ABA critiques 3. Participants will describe strategies for continuous improvement and innovation in research
Keyword(s): ABA Advocacy, ABA Criticism



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