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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #152a
CE Offered: BACB
Successes and Challenges in Providing Applied Behavior Analytical Services in Kenya as the First Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Sunday, May 24, 2015
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
209 (CC)
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Pooja Panesar, M.Ed.
Chair: Pooja Panesar (Kaizora Consultants)
JACQUELINE KINYUA (Kaizora Consultants)
MOLLY OLA (Global Autism Project)
MARY E. BRADY (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Kenya is a developing country located in Africa where Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a concept that is just about budding. Through collaborations with the Global Autism Project and University of Massachusetts, Pooja Panesar just received her qualification from the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) this year. She has been running a centre for students with autism and other developmental disorders since 2009 and this panel's purpose is to discuss all the challenges faced in Kenya along with the progress that has been made since 2009. As a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) providing ABA services in Kenya, many challenges arise such as grey areas in ethics, staff hiring and training challenges and even just Individual Education Plan (IEP) approvals from parents with children who are mainly cared for by ayahs. Mainstream education in Kenya is a business in competition that does not always accept students with disabilities (especially severe), but Kaizora Consultants has managed forming a collaboration with a mainstream school to encourage integration. Join us in a discussion on some of these successes and challenges in providing ABA services as a BCBA in Kenya.

Keyword(s): autism, Kenya



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