Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W25
CE Offered: BACB
Quantitative Measures of Joy in Early Childhood Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Sessions
Friday, May 26, 2023
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 4A/B
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jessica J. Cauchi, Ph.D.
JENNIFER POSEY (Endicott College), MARY JANE WEISS (Endicott College), JESSICA J. CAUCHI (none)
Description: This workshop seeks to assist behavior analysts in identifying key components of ABA sessions that produce meaningful outcomes for families by encouraging joyful engagement and interactions. ABA therapy is often prescribed as the gold standard in autism treatment, and focuses on core significant outcomes including social connection. Often, however, providers prescribe high-intensity treatment across a comprehensive set of skill acquisition goals. Key stakeholders may find the commitment required daunting and may question if this treatment is appropriate. In recent years, the field has been emphasizing the need for compassionate, humane intervention, and has focused directly on the assurance of assent and engagement. In keeping with this shift within the field, it is important to identify methods for ensuring compassionate approaches within Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI). It is important to define such interactions in the context of EIBI, and to work toward methods of measuring them.This workshop will teach participants the importance of promoting joy in EIBI, provide methods to identify and promote joyful engagements and interactions. Participants should expect an interactive learning experience with opportunities for discussion and a structured framework quantitatively measuring the presence or absence of behavioral indicators of joy within ABA sessions.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will describe 5 indicators of joyful engagement and interactions in ABA sessions. 2. Participants will identify behavioral indicators of joy from sample videos of caregiver-child interactions 3. Participants will examine indicators of joyful engagement and interactions in order to design sessions to promote/increase joyful engagement and interactions
Activities: - Lecture - Discussion - Guided practice
Audience: Intermediate. Participants should be BCBA's with experience in Early Intervention programs, both in direct care and supervisory roles.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): assent, early intervention, joy, positive teaching



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