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 #210
Advances in Staff Training
Sunday, May 28, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1E/F
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Advanced
Chair: Karoline r Kenville (Oakland University)
Staff Training Using Behavior Skills Training with a Robot to Teach DTT Skills
Domain: Applied Research
KAROLINE R KENVILLE (Oakland University), Jessica Ann Korneder (Oakland University), Wing-Yue Louie (Oakland University )
Abstract: . When training is not sufficient, the integrity of the delivery of the ABA is at risk. Lack of sufficient training, the children in ABA programs may not receive quality services, thus limiting the chance for the child to have an opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Poorly trained therapists could inadvertently reinforce challenging behaviors, stall the child’s learning, or make learning an aversive activity. Training traditionally often relies on presentations, webinars, training videos, and lectures. These programs can help support flexibility, accessibility, and cost effectiveness for a vast number of participants, however, leaving little room for clarification, expanding learning, and practicing implementation of skills before implementation with a child. Relying on presentations, webinars and training videos leaves little flexibility to measure retention of knowledge and the measurement of the skills to apply the knowledge. With the combination of Behavior Skills Training (BST) and a Humanoid Robot, training new technicians discrete trial training (DTT) in a ABA program was shown to be efficient and effective.
Training Behavior Technicians to Increase Positive Interactions With Children
Domain: Applied Research
NOEL E. OTETO (Michigan State University), Andrea D Mata (Michigan State University), Josh Plavnick (Michigan State University)
Abstract: The present investigation replicated and extended the work of Jimenez-Gomez et al (2019) by examining the impact of teaching staff to implement an imitation training procedure on positive interactions between the behavior technician and child. Three adult behavior technicians employed in an early childhood behavioral intervention center for autism spectrum disorders were paired with three children receiving therapy at this center. A multiple probe across dyads design was used to evaluate the effect of behavioral skills training (BST) on behavior technicians’ accurate implementation and number of positive interactions with children. Results showed that BST of the imitation training procedure led to improved implementation but did not impact number of positive interactions between behavior technician and child. Additional training in engaging in positive interactions with clients was necessary for all adult participants. Additionally, child-level data will be included to assess any changes in child behavior following explicit training in positive interactions for adults. Although difficult to operationally define, qualitative aspects of interactions between behavior technician and client may have an impact on treatment and are important areas for applied behavioral research.



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