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.


11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Panel #93
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analysts Working With Diverse Populations in School Settings in the United States
Saturday, September 3, 2022
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey Hall 1
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D.
Chair: Berenice de la Cruz (Texas A&M University-San Antonio)
BERENICE DE LA CRUZ (Texas A&M University-San Antonio)
JANET SANCHEZ ENRIQUEZ (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
RANY THOMMEN (Texana Center)

Behavior Analysts are key members in public education settings in the United States. National differences exist in how public schools incorporate Behavior Analysts into educational services for students ages 3-21. Behavior Analysts employed by school systems are faced with various challenges (e.g., limited time, untrained staff) that may stifle the positive impact their work can have on students. When employed by the family or as contractors, Behavior Analysts may face barriers to partnering with school personnel, which may negatively impact student outcomes. Panelists will share experiences and research in implementing ABA interventions in various school settings and training school personnel to incorporate ABA interventions in schools setting before and during the pandemic. Panelists will discuss how legislation impacts resources and implementation of ABA in schools including how parents and school personnel can only advocate on behalf of the student only to the extent the law allows. Lastly, lessons learned and considerations will be shared. Panelists’ experiences include being employed as a Behavior Analyst within private and public school systems, teacher employed by public and private schools, education consultant, autism specialist for the regional service center, supervisor, researchers, and higher education professor.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts Assistant Behavior Analysts Master Teachers

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this panel, participants will be able to: 1. Identify common strengths and barriers to collaboration between Behavior Analysts, school personnel, parents, and other stakeholders in various school settings 2. Describe the various roles behavior analysts play in public and private schools in the United States 3. State three considerations Behavior Analysts should have when providing services in schools. 4. Describe one training program for building capacity of school personnel to utilize ABA strategies in school settings. 5. State how law affects advocacy.
Keyword(s): consultation, education, training



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