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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Paper Session #339
Dissemination and Implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services
Monday, May 29, 2023
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom H
Area: PCH
Chair: Angelika Anderson (The University of Waikato)
Engaging the Public: Exploring Pop Publications Related to Behavior
Domain: Theory
J. AARON BEVACQUA (ABA Technologies)
Abstract: The general public contacts a multitude of information regarding behavior-related ideas from various sources and of varying quality. Blogs, books, podcasts, news, and magazine articles often offer journalistic interpretations of behaviorally related research from differing academic domains. Topics such as Grit, Mindset, Nudges, Personality Type, and Intrinsic Motivation enter into public discourse and can establish rule-governed behavior of teachers, coaches, managers, and parents. These topics offer a prime opportunity for individuals with a behavior-analytic background to engage the public about an individualized, scientific approach to human behavior. We will model the interpretation of popular topics through behavior-analytic principles and demonstrate an exchange using language that is accessible to a wide audience.

Applied Behavior Analysis: A Discussion of Implementation Barriers

Domain: Theory
ANGELIKA ANDERSON (The University of Waikato), Monica Carr (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

A brief review of the current evidence base for EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention) will be followed by a discussion of implementation barriers: Why, in spite of strong supporting evidence, does the up-take of these procedures remains poor. We will outline and discuss key issues that contribute to controversy and division among researchers, clinicians, and within the autism community, including common misunderstandings and misconceptions about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In order to promote the availability of evidence-based, effective, and affordable EIBI, we need to reconcile these differences, develop mutual understandings between these communities, and work together on research focused on promoting implementation, and to influence policy.




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