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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #247
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Ethical and Cultural Considerations When Providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services to Latinx Families in Mexico and the United States
Sunday, May 28, 2023
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: TBA/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D.
Chair: Berenice de la Cruz (Texas A&M University-San Antonio)
MARIANA DE LOS SANTOS (Bloom Children's Center)
FABIOLA VARGAS LONDONO (Independent Researcher)

This panel will discuss ethical and cultural considerations when providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to Latinx families in Mexico and the United States. The United States is diversifying at a fast rate. According to the 2021 Census data, 18.9% of the United States population are Hispanic, and Mexican account for over 60% of the Hispanic subgroup. Mexico is the third-largest country in Latin America and has the second-largest economy. In Mexico, a lack of medical and educational services is common, especially for families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Panelists will share about the creation of a professional organization to disseminate the science of behavior analysis across Mexico and about the first behavior analytic organization in the United States formed to specifically address diversity of behavior analysts in the field of ABA. Results from a study that examined early intervention needs in the Mexican population and compared these needs to those in the Latinx Spanish-speaking population in the United States will also be discussed. Panelists will discuss their experiences, challenges, and lessons learned when providing ABA services to Latinx families. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences during this interactive panel session.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Audience members should minimally have the competencies and pre-requisite skills for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as defined by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board 5th Edition Tasklist.

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will describe ethical and cultural considerations when providing ABA services to Latino families in Mexico. 2. Participants will describe ethical and cultural considerations when providing ABA services to Latino families in Mexico. 3. Participants will compare the early education needs of Latinx Spanish-speaking children and children living in Mexico.
Keyword(s): cultural considerations, dissemination, ethical considerations, Latinx



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