Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Paper Session #6
Applied Behavior Analysis in the Czech Republic
Friday, September 2, 2022
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey Hall 2
Area: AUT
Chair: Karel Pancocha (Masaryk University)

Investigating e-Learning Modalities in an Applied Behavior Analysis Course for Caregivers of Children With Autism in the Czech Republic

Domain: Applied Research
Sheri Kingsdorf (Masaryk University ), Karel Pancocha (Masaryk University), Helena Vaďurová (Masaryk University ), VENDULA MALANÍKOVÁ (Masaryk University)

Recently, there have been increases in telehealth usage for families with children with autism. The telehealth model can allow for cost-effective supports in areas where other applied behavior analysis (ABA) services might not be available. As a result, e-learning programs for parents of children with autism have become part of the telehealth paradigm. However, a standard model for effective caregiver e-learning has not been established. In the Czech Republic, one of the many places where there are limited ABA supports and no available ABA e-learning courses for families, the development of an e-learning course that is freely available, and linguistically and culturally appropriate, is needed. Nevertheless, without evidence on the best practices in e-learning for supporting caregivers, the best place to start is unknown. Therefore, a pilot study was developed to assess an ABA course for parents in the Czech Republic while also working to draw broader conclusions about best practices in the use of synchronous and asynchronous e-learning components. Results demonstrated that a total of 33 caregivers completed the course, making statistically significant gains in their ABA knowledge and rating the course highly. Interestingly, the addition of synchronous components did not appear to greatly impact any outcome measures. Suggestions for supporting caregivers in e-learning course completion and directions for future research are additionally explored.

Developing National Standards and Licensure for Behavior Professions in the Czech Republic
Domain: Service Delivery
KAREL PANCOCHA (Masaryk University), Sheri Kingsdorf (Masaryk University )
Abstract: Applied behavior analysis was almost unknown in the Czech Republic before 2015. Coordinated efforts of parents, practitioners, politicians, and scientists led to relatively fast development of the field, including the foundation of the Czech Association of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2016, the establishment of the first Verified Course Sequence (VCS), and legal recognition of behavior professions within the national legal system in 2017. The national licensure for behavior analysts, assistant behavior analysts, and behavior technicians has been created within the system of allied health professions governed by the Act 96/2004. The act specifies the minimum levels of education and supervised pre-clinical experience for allied health professionals and the scope of professional practice. Next, the Ministry of Health published regulations that govern the licensure procedure and further specified the operations and activities that behavior professions are authorized to perform. The national standards were developed with the support of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and incorporated the education standards for VCS and criteria for supervised practice. The article presents the facilitators and barriers encountered towards the establishment of the behavior professions. It also describes how challenging it may be to merge national legislation with the requirements of ABA organizations.



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