Association for Behavior Analysis International

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15th Annual Autism Conference; Online; 2021

CE by Type: NASP


 

Invited Paper Session #2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/NASP
Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education: Blending Approaches to Meet the Needs of Preschool Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Monday, March 1, 2021
9:10 AM–10:00 AM EST
Online
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Ian Melton (Endicott College; Journeys Behavior Learning Center)
CE Instructor: Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: ILENE SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)
Abstract:

Applied behavior analysis is hands down the most effective treatment for young children with ASD. Many children with ASD receive ABA services at private clinics or from private providers who work with them at home. Many children with ASD, especially those from low income homes, only access the services to which they are entitled through IDEA (the federal special education law). There are often conflicts between behavior analysts who work for behavioral health agencies and teachers and behavior analysts who work for public schools about what services should be provided to young children with ASD and how these services should be provided. The purpose of this presentation is to describe how private BCBAs and public school personnel can work together to meet the needs of young children with ASD. I will describe a school based early intensive behavioral intervention that has sustained in Washington state for over 20 years and provide strategies that can be used to ensure that all children with ASD receive the quality of services to which they are entitled.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) discuss the differences and similarities of special education and applied behavior analysis service delivery systems; (2) discuss the types of skills and behaviors and instructional strategies that can be used to support student learning across environments; (3) discuss the social contexts of the different environments in which students spend time.
 
ILENE SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)
Ilene Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D (Principal Investigator, Washington Site – 10% FTE). Dr. Ilene Schwartz is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education at UW. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Schwartz has an active research and professional training agenda with primary interests in the area of autism, inclusive education, and the sustainability of educational interventions. She has had consistent funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 1990 and serves on a number of editorial review boards including the Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention. Dr. Schwartz is the director of Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism that has been in operation since 1997 and was started as a model demonstration project with OSEP funding. She is currently working on projects to improve the quality of instruction students with disabilities receive in charter schools and strategies that can be used to improve access to services for young children with ASD in under resources areas.
 
 
Invited Paper Session #6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/NASP
Using a Behavioral Community Approach for Social Validation Through Multisector Collaboration
Monday, March 1, 2021
2:20 PM–3:10 PM EST
Online
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Julia Ferguson (Autism Partnership Foundation)
CE Instructor: Jomella Watson-Thompson, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON (University of Kansas)
Abstract:

There is increased attention to addressing problems of significant societal concern, which disproportionately affects marginalized populations and communities. Disparities in autism diagnosis, access to services, and cultural adaptations for underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities will be discussed. The importance of collaborating to address social determinants of health or underlying factors that may serve as antecedents for a range of issues is explored. The application of behavioral community approaches to advance community change through multisector collaboration is examined as a method of social validation. Opportunities are presented for cross-sector and multidisciplinary collaboration between applied behavior analysis and other disciplines including community psychology, prevention, and public health. The presentation examines strengths, challenges, and opportunities to contribute to change and improvements in population-level outcomes, including disparities in autism diagnosis and services, through multisector collaboration.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the importance of addressing social determinants and disparities in autism diagnosis and treatment; (2) explain the importance of multisector collaboration to support change and improvement in population-level outcomes; (3) identify examples of the application of behavioral approaches to address social issues through cross-sector collaboration.
 
JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON (University of Kansas)

Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and the Director of the Center for Service Learning at the University of Kansas. She is also affiliated with the Center for Community Health and Development. She attained a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas. She applies behavioral science methods and interventions to improve how communities address issues related to community health and development. Her research has focused on behavioral-community approaches to neighborhood development, substance abuse prevention, and youth and community violence prevention. Dr. Thompson supports community-engaged scholarship using participatory approaches to address social determinants or factors that may contribute to disparities, particularly for marginalized groups and communities. She has researched the effects of community-based processes and behavioral-community interventions to promote mobilization and change in communities.  Dr. Thompson has co-authored articles on community capacity-building, youth development, and prevention and received numerous federal, state and local funding awards.  She is as an Associate Editor with Behavior and Social Issues.  Dr. Thompson has extensive experience providing training, technical support and evaluation for coalitions and community-based initiatives.

 
 
Invited Panel #12
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/NASP
Leadership in Applied Behavior Analysis: Perspectives from Women
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
9:40 AM–10:30 AM EST
Online
Area: AUT; Domain: Translational
Chair: Shahla Ala'i (University of North Texas)
CE Instructor: Erin Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Panelists: DENISHA GINGLES (Signature ABA Therapy), DENISE ROSS (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), DOREEN GRANPEESHEH (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)), EZIAFAKAKU NWOKOLO (Shades of Life Care Limited), ERIN RASMUSSEN (Idaho State University)
Abstract:

This interactive panel discussion will focus upon leadership challenges facing women in applied behavior analysis in general and autism service delivery in particular. The panel members will share reflections from their own lives and career and offer strategies for how other scientist practitioners can behave with cultural humility and combat systemic biases facing women professionals.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists, graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) discuss common challenges facing female leaders in our field; (2) implement strategies for combating gender biases that they may encounter in their professional endeavors; (3) discuss ideas for promoting cultural humility in their own work and lives as well as those of colleagues.
DENISHA GINGLES (Signature ABA Therapy)
Denisha Gingles is a passionate behavior scientist and master-level trained mental health therapist. Denisha is the Clinical Director and CEO of Signature ABA Therapy, a group practice in Baltimore. Ms.Gingles is a futuristic thought leader and liberation-centered clinician dedicated to collective social change and the creation of sacred spaces that promote wellness and awareness of self. She is a pioneer, integrating behavior analysis and social justice by unapologetically shining a light on inequities of the world, while simultaneously making it infinitely better, exuding integrity and authenticity. With the ability to be adaptable and flexible, Denisha stays true to her values and works to encourage all humans to bring attention to their own private self-defeating and community-hindering thoughts and overt behaviors, in the service of evoking committed action oftentimes outside of their immediate comfort zone.
 
Denisha Gingles is a leading researcher and practitioner synthesizing social justice work with contemporary behavioral science. Ms. Gingles brings a rich experience in community organizing and activism to bear on evidence-based approaches to behavior change in the science of behavior analysis, incorporating innovative approaches to complex human behavior, such as relational frame theory and acceptance and commitment training. Ms. Gingles’ work takes a radically compassionate approach to igniting the behavior change needed to produce systemic social change in support of justice and equity. Ms. Gingles works tirelessly for social justice on multiple fronts, including community organizing, co-founding and producing the Beautiful Humans platform, providing professional workshops and trainings, scholarly writing, professional conference presentations at both the national and international level, and leadership in scholarly journals, including serving as Guest Editor for the Emergency Series on Police Brutality and Systemic Racism at the peer-reviewed journal Behavior Analysis in Practice.
DENISE ROSS (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
Denise E. Ross, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Chair of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Urban Education. In this role, she develops partnerships between urban school districts and schools of education to prepare PK-12 educators to teach in diverse school districts – a focus of her career for more than 20 years. Her scholarly work translates research in applied behavior analysis to language and literacy instruction in schools, and it has been published in both education and psychology journals. Dr. Ross is the co-author of Verbal Behavior Analysis: Inducing and Expanding New Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays (Pearson, 2008). She received her Ph.D. in special education from Columbia University in 1998 and her B.A. in English from Spelman College in 1993.
DOREEN GRANPEESHEH (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD))
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the Founder and President of the Board of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today). Dr. Granpeesheh received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA under the mentorship of Professor Ivar Lovaas. She is licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Michigan and Oregon State Boards of Psychologists. Dr. Granpeesheh holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, doctoral level, and has been providing behavioral therapy for individuals with autism since 1979. She has been a member of numerous scientific and advisory boards including the US Autism and Asperger's Association, the Autism File journal, Autism 360/medigenesis, the 4-A Healing Foundation, and the Defeat Autism Now coalition. In addition, Dr. Granpeesheh has served on the National Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America, the practice board of ABAI, as well as the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative Steering Committee, the Early Intervention Taskforce of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, and the Oversight Committee of the Department of Developmental Disabilities.     Dr. Granpeesheh has co-authored the book Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism and numerous peer reviewed publications on issues concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. She was awarded the George Winoker Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists for her publication titled: Retrospective analysis of clinical records in 38 cases of recovery from autism. Together with her colleagues at CARD, Dr. Granpeesheh created Skills® for Autism, a web-based software tool that creates comprehensive treatment plans for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, and founded the Institute for Behavioral Training, an online platform for training professionals and families on the principles of ABA.    
EZIAFAKAKU NWOKOLO (Shades of Life Care Limited)

With over 20-years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry, Eziafakaku Nwokolo retired from her full-time job with Chevron Nigeria Limited in 2014 to pursue a new interest in the field of developmental disabilities. She has an MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis-Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and is currently the only resident Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) in Nigeria. She is also a Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

 

Eziafakaku is the Founder/CEO of Shades of Life Care Limited; a company that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. She sits as a member of the International Standards Committee of the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis (QABA) Credentialing Board and is the Secretary of the Association for Behaviour Analysis in Nigeria (ABAN).

 

She has given presentations of her work at different conferences – the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) 44th International Conference in San Francisco and the 5th European International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Conference in Athens, at the inaugural International School for Disability Studies (ISDS) conference for IDD in Abuja, Nigeria and the first-ever Pan African Congress on Autism (PACA) conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Currently, she is a PhD researcher whose interest lies in validating screening tools for Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Nigeria. Her research focuses on screening for ID and ASD in Nigerian adolescents.

 

She is a mother of three whose middle child has autism.

 

ERIN RASMUSSEN (Idaho State University)
Dr. Erin B. Rasmussen received her Ph.D. in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior with a minor in behavioral pharmacology and toxicology from Auburn University under the direction of Dr. Christopher Newland. She is currently a professor of psychology at Idaho State University. The work from her animal and human laboratories has generated over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Most recently, she conducts research on the behavioral economics of food reinforcement in the context of obesity. Her latest series of studies, funded by the NIH, examines delay discounting in food insecure populations. She has served on the Science Board of the ABAI and is a past Associate Editor of Perspectives on Behavior Science (formerly The Behavior Analyst).
 
 
Invited Paper Session #18
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/NASP
Some Principles of Instructional Design for Academic Skill Building: Component-Composite Analysis and Concept Analysis
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
4:50 PM–5:40 PM EST
Online
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Joseph H. Cihon (Autism Partnership Foundation)
CE Instructor: Kent Johnson, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy)
Abstract:

Component-composite analysis is vital to the success of teaching and building academic skills. These procedures break down higher level, real world, composite performances into their components and tool skills, which guide the teacher to the appropriate place to begin instruction: with the learner’s entering behavior. When instruction begins at the learner’s entering behavior level, their escape and avoidance behaviors and the need for behavior reduction procedures are minimized. This presentation will provide many examples of component-composite analysis, and identify key areas for completing component-composite analyses in reading, writing, and math. It is also important to sort academic skills into those that teach procedures and those that teach concepts. This presentation will outline the necessary components for teaching a concept in any domain. Once these components are created, a teacher is ready to develop an instructional sequence tasks that include context-setting descriptions, rules, examples, and non-examples.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define the three levels of skills involved in a component-composite analysis of an instructional objective; (2) describe how component-composite analysis is a relative process; (3) given an instructional objective, identify its tool skills, component skills, and a composite repertoire of which it is a part; (4) define and give examples of conceptual behaviors; (5) illustrate the requirements for both assessment and fluency practice in designing instruction to teach a concept.
 
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy)
Kent Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of Morningside Academy and Co-Founder of Headsprout, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1977. Morningside Academy operates a scientifically driven “catch-up” program for children and youth with learning and attention problems and a “get-ahead” program for average and above-average middle school youth, as well as provides a laboratory for developing instructional methods and materials. Morningside’s exemplary science-based approach has had global impact and serves as a beacon of hope for many, transforming lives and demonstrating what high-quality behavior analytic education can offer. Dr. Johnson’s commitment to and success in developing and disseminating innovative and highly effective behaviorally based educational practices have been recognized by his receiving the Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, the Edward L. Anderson Award in Recognition for Exemplary Contributions to Behavioral Education from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Ogden R. Lindsley Lifetime Achievement Award in Precision Teaching from the Standard Celeration Society, and the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.
 

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