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

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W53
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Taking the Science of Behavior to High School: Culturally Responsive/Sustaining Transition Practices
Friday, May 26, 2023
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom A
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Tracy Eileen Sinclair, Ph.D.
TRACY EILEEN SINCLAIR (The University of Connecticut)
Description: For behavior analysts working in school settings there is an additional layer of knowledge critical to support students with disabilities effectively—special education policy and law. Too often graduate preparation programs are focused on clinical applications of behavior analysis, particularly with young children with autism. Services in schools extend into the middle school, high school, and young adult age ranges—up until the 22nd birthday in most states. As more behavior analysts are working in school settings, and may not have had adequate graduate training in special education law, it is our ethical obligation to seek opportunities to learn and apply new knowledge to support our students. Building capacity as school-based BCBAs can directly support and inform practices to promote more positive postsecondary outcomes for students. Transition planning in special education is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) focusing on three primary areas of: (a) postsecondary education/training, (b) postsecondary employment, and (c) independent living. Skills of self-determination can be directly taught and promoted through the science of behavior (i.e., self-management, self-regulation, goal setting, etc.). Furthermore, this must all be done through a lens of culturally responsive/sustaining practices.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify and understand relevant special education law related to transition services and planning; (2) learn culturally responsive/sustaining transition practices and how to apply in their work as a BCBA in schools; (3) be able to articulate the connection between the science of behavior and transition planning, particularly related to skills of self-determination.
Activities: Workshop activities will be interactive--a mix of information sharing via lecture, self-reflection, small group discussions, whole group share-outs, and application activities based on case studies.
Audience: This is appropriate for anyone who works as a school-based consultant or is interested in consulting in schools; particularly in secondary settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Culturally Responsive/Sustaining, School-based Consultation, Secondary-age Students, Transition Planning



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