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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Expo Poster Session #112
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Saturday, May 23, 2015
8:00 PM–10:30 PM
Exhibit Hall C (CC)
124. Additional Opportunities to Help Military Service Members and Veterans Using ABA
KENT CORSO (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC), Abigail B. Calkin (Calkin Consulting Center)
Abstract: The Military and Veterans Issues Significant Interest Group (MilVet SIG) is entering its third year. Despite continued strategic challenges Applied Behavior Analysis has faced in gaining official support by the Department of Defense (outside of Tricare's ECHO Program for Autism) and the Department of Veteran Affairs, the MilVet SIG persists in it grassroots efforts using applied behavior analysis to help these populations. This EXPO poster lists numerous statistics about the current behavioral needs and what opportunities exist for conducting ABA with this population. The poster also summarizes the current MilVet SIG initiatives including: development of the VOCAL-MilVet assessment instrument for military/veteran patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI); use of one-minute counting and the standard celeration chart for decreasing problematic private events (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress); using modeling to improve accurate use of force and skill acquisition in veteran law enforcement trainees; and improving military suicide prevention program evaluation via standard celeration charting. With the continued expansion of our membership, the MilVet SIG is moving from conceptual to operational! The EXPO poster provides increased opportunities for recruiting new members and increasing awareness among ABAI Conference attendees about the issues faced by service members, veterans, and their families.
125. All Students Can Learn and All Teachers Can Be Successful! Direct Instruction Special Interest Group
ANN FILER (Beacon ABA Services), Wendy Littleton-Kozma (Evergreen Center)
Abstract: Effective and efficient instruction benefits ALL students; however evidenced-based instructional practices are essential for teaching students with learning challenges. Direct Instruction is effective, efficient and evidence-based. To be effective, the instructional process must be efficient and designed to maximize learner engagement. However, effective instruction further requires that the educator be knowledgeable and skillful in several critical domains. The successful educator is able to identify the essential skills or learning objectives to be taught and utilizes effective procedures for teaching those skills; this includes evaluating, selecting, and modifying instructional programs and materials to meet the unique needs of the learner. The effective instructor utilizes assessment data to appropriately place learners and to regularly monitor their progress. The successful educator utilizes effective lesson presentation techniques including appropriate pacing of instructional tasks, attending to the motivation of learners, and the diagnosis and correction of learner errors. Importantly, the effective instructor analyzes assessment data and uses assessment results to guide instructional decision making. The Direct Instruction philosophy: All Students Can Learn and All Teachers Can Be Successful! Please plan to attend the Direct Instruction SIG business meeting and join us in promoting research-validated instructional practices!
127. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (AAB SIG)
ERICA N. FEUERBACHER (University of Florida), Terri M. Bright (Simmons College and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Abstract: The mission of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (AAB SIG) is to promote applied animal behavior analytic research, set high standards in methods and techniques of animal training, support those in the applied animal behavior field, and promote the well-being of animals in applied settings wherever they are found. Membership in the AAB SIG is diverse and includes academicians, researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines dedicated to, affiliated with or interested in animal behavior and/or behavior management/therapy with animals in applied settings. We welcome new members who share our interest in animal behavior and applied behavior analysis. Animal behavior is a field recognized to require an extensive knowledge of species-specific ethology. However, animal behavior change requires the addition of a complete and academically supported awareness and understanding of the principles of behavior analysis and the application of these principles in applied settings. The AAB SIG promotes empirically verified applications of behavior analysis in animal behavior change treatments, and actively promotes the application of behavior analysis to applied animal behavior therapy.
128. Behavior & Philosophy
ERIK ARNTZEN (Oslo and Akershus University College ), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sc)
Abstract: Founded in 1973 under the name Behaviorism, Behavior and Philosophy is a journal devoted to the philosophical, metaphysical, and methodological foundations of the study of behavior, brain, and mind. In addition to original articles, critical or historical reviews and responses to articles are also welcome. While we hope that everything we publish will be scientifically and philosophically sound, we insist above all on clarity and directness, respecting Francis Bacon’s dictum that “truth will sooner come from error than confusion.” Every article should be accessible to an educated but unspecialized audience. Behavior and Philosophy is published online at www. It is important to note that papers published online in peer-reviewed journals have the same status as papers published in the printed version.
129. Behavior Analysis and Technology Special Interest Group
DOUGLAS A. JOHNSON (Western Michigan University), Melinda Sota (University of Oregon)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis and Technology SIG (BATech SIG) mission is to advance the science of behavior through the development, dissemination, and application of technology in basic and applied settings. Technology can refer to developments in behavioral science, as well as developments in computer science, information technology, and related fields. Technology is defined as “…the use and knowledge of tools, techniques, systems or methods in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose” (Twyman, 2011). The organization will also serve as an outlet for open-source hardware and software technologies relevant to behavioral research and application. Membership is open to researchers, practitioners, parents, academicians, students, and others who are actively engaged or have a vested interest in the dissemination, development, and application of technology. The BATech SIG will consist of three classes of members: voting, affiliate, and student. The members of all classes are entitled to the rights and privileges as they correspond to their membership category.
129a. BAARTS: Behavior Analysis and the Arts Special Interest Group
TRAVIS THOMPSON (University of Minnesota)
Abstract: This poster will provide information regarding the newly established special interest group, Behavior Analysis and the Arts. Please join us for exhibits and performances on Sunday evening, May 24th in the Mayor Cockrell room on the River Level of the convention center from 6:00-7:00pm.
130. Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group
JULIA H. FIEBIG (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group was established to advance applications of behavior analysis to environmental issues that contribute to the development of solutions to climate change, pollution, over-consumption of resources, imbalances of environmental sustainability. Information on BASS mission, events, membership, and other pertinent information will be presented in poster format.
131. Behavior Analysis Online (Journals) SIG Poster
MICHAEL LAMPORT COMMONS (Harvard Medical School), Paul Malanga (West Tennessee Regional Office)
Abstract: The BAO SIG is one of the largest special interest groups within the Association for Behavior Analysis International. As of January 1, 2015, the American Psychological Association (APA) becomes not only the owner but the publisher of the two Behavior Analysis Online Journals. The American Psychological Association has two large efforts to support our journals and mission. First, it has Division 25 which promotes basic research, both animal and human, in the experimental analysis of behavior; it encourages the application of the results of such research to human affairs, and cooperates with other disciplines whose interests overlap with those of the Division. The Division publishes Division 25 Recorder, a newsletter distributed two times a year to all members and affiliates, who also receive PsycSCAN: Behavior Analysis & Therapy, published quarterly. Division 25 participates in the APA annual convention, sponsoring individual speakers, symposia, and special events, such as receptions and an annual dinner. Division 25 is also an active cosponsor of social hours and presentations dealing with the field of behavior analysis. Second, the APA has an alliance with the BAO SIG. The Mission and Objectives of BAO SIG are manifold. Behavior Analyst Online (BAO) is dedicated to helping behavior analysts and psychologists keep up with current research and methodology in this rapidly progressing field. To do so, the SIG promotes the two APA journals. The BAO sig also serves as the liaison with Division 25. The BAO sig represent the Sig BAO at APA. The BAO SIG presents at ABAI Expo. It markets the Journals. It recruits submissions, and reviewers. It gets input from potential and present readers and authors as to the functioning of the journals. Behavior analysis is one of the more dynamic professions today, with significant influence in the clinical setting; behavioral medicine; mental health; health, sports, and fitness; developmental disabilities; school-wide positive behavioral support; special education; organizational dynamics; criminology; offender rehabilitation; and education. The emphasis on prevention, early intervention, accurate comprehensive functional behavioral assessment, collaboration, and problem solving demands that behavior analysts be creative thinkers with command of a tremendous range of evidence-based procedures based on principles of the science of human behavior. Keeping up with best practices is critical to ensuring that the clientsright to effective behavioral intervention is ensured.
132. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
Maranda Trahan (Trahan Behavioral Services), JONATHAN C. BAKER (Southern Illinois University), Allison A. Jay (American Lake Veterans Administration), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sc), Yash P. Manchanda (Retired - Part Time Practice)
Abstract: Behavioral gerontology is the application of behavior analysis to aging and age-related issues. By the year 2030, nearly 20% of the American population will be over the age of 65. Nearly every specialty area within the field of behavior analysis will be affected, as most areas have an older population. As individuals get older, they are forced to deal with the various issues that are unique to this time in life. However, many of the clinicians trained to work with certain populations do not have the additional training to deal with the behavioral issues that occur in aging settings. The mission of the Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group is to provide intellectual, clinical, and organizational support to professionals interested in aging and to foster behavior analytic research in aging. Additionally, we provide support to professionals in other areas of behavior analysis to help them affectively deal with aging issues.
133. Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group of ABAI
GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons College)
Abstract: The Behavioral Medicine SIG of ABA-I focuses on the application of behavior analytic methodology to the prevention and treatment of behaviors associated with chronic illness and disease, and the promotion of behaviors associated with improved health and treatment adherence. The role of behavior analysis is important in the field of behavioral medicine. It is the mission of the SIG to encourage interdisciplinary research in the areas of behavioral health promotion, emphasizing the need for function-based and empirically validated treatments for chronic health disorders. The Behavioral Medicine SIG offers students, researchers, practitioners, and consumers opportunities to discuss issues related to public health promotion and disease prevention. All are welcome to join the Behavioral Medicine SIG. We hope that the SIG will help consumers and practitioners better understand the role of behavior analysis in the field of behavioral medicine, and provide an outlet for discussions of current and developing research within the field.
134. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (SIG)
MOLLI LUKE (University of Nevada, Reno), Mark A. Mattaini (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Abstract: Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (BFSR) is an ABAI special interest group working to support global political liberation and human rights; social, environmental, and restorative justice; and sustainable and aesthetically rich lifestyles through contributions from behavior analytic and behavioral systems analytic science for practice, advocacy, activism, media outreach, and publications. In particular we encourage behavior analysts to become active as socially responsible global citizens, individually and collectively. The SIG publishes the journal Behavior and Social Issues, now in its 24th volume. We are also currently making special efforts to expand our online presence and engage with other groups and individuals who are interesting in similar social issues. We also publish the journal Behavior and Social issues. At the EXPO we will encourage participants to attend our business meeting, hold extended conversations following the meeting during the convention, and maintain social media contacts over the coming year. Students are particularly encouraged to participate in our activities, but there is a place for everyone in BFSR.
135. Clinical SIG
THOMAS J. WALTZ (Eastern Michigan University), Emily Thomas Johnson (Behavior Attention and Developmental Disabilities Consultants, LLC)
Abstract: Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) involves the application of behavior analytic principles to the full range of human problems, many of which have traditionally been considered “mental health” issues. CBA clinicians work with the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and other behavior to help people move beyond their problems and toward living more fulfilling lives. The Clinical Special Interest Group of ABAI is for those who have an interest in clinical applications of behavior analysis. Clinical behavior analysts work in both research and applied settings. A sample of clinical domains in which CBA clinicians work includes: anxiety disorders, behavioral gerontology, behavioral health, childhood disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, couples therapy, family therapy, forensic psychology (assessment and treatment), habit disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, health psychology, mood disorders (e.g., depression), serious mental illness (e.g., Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia), substance abuse, and trauma. The Clinical SIG is dedicated to facilitating collaboration between researchers and clinicians to further the field’s ability to apply clinical populations. This group seeks to promote Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) at ABAI and is interested in maintaining the longstanding relationship between basic research and clinical application.
136. Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
MEGAN MILLER (The Ohio State University), Amanda N. Kelly (Keiki Educational Consultants)
Abstract: The mission of the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group is to disseminate the science of human behavior to the public at large, through the use of easy to understand explanations. Our goal is to promote behavior analysis in a positive and accurate light, to help society realize the potential of our science. Current activities of the DBA-SIG include disseminating information about behavior analysis on social media, publication of Behavior Analysis Digest International, presentation of the Skinner Journalism Award, and webinars where members can earn CEUs for free or at reduced rates. During the expo, the officers will answer questions about the DBA-SIG, inform people of upcoming activities for the year, and gather information for new ideas about how to effectively disseminate behavior analysis. Association of Behavior Analysis International members who are interested in the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis are encouraged to stop by our expo booth to learn more about the DBA-SIG.
137. Ethics & Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
DAVID J. COX (University of Florida)
Abstract: The mission of the Ethics and Behavior Analysis (EBA) SIG is to enhance the current state of and provide recommendations for ethical conduct for all individuals who use the title "behavior analyst." This is accomplished by engaging in analyses regarding what does ethical emission of behavior analytic activities look like as well as engaging in a behavioral analysis of ethical behavior.
138. Evidence-Based Practice Special Interest Group
SUSAN WILCZYNSKI (Ball State University), Ronnie Detrich (The Wing Institute), Timothy A. Slocum (Utah State University)
Abstract: The Functions of the Evidence-Based Practices Special Interest Group (EBP-SIG) identified in Savage Controversies • To identify appropriate methods for evaluating evidence from single-subject research and promote these methods within both ABA and the larger context of the evidence-based practice movement • To promote activities that address the large-scale implementation of EBP within systems that support their sustainability • To advocate for behavior analysis in this societal shift by following developments in other disciplines that influence the evolution of evidence-based practice and allow the larger professional community to have a voice We achieve are goals through active committee membership. Committees include: conference, elections, membership, financial, outreach–liaison, outreach-publications, outreach-technology, policy & procedures. Our primary goals for 2014-2015 are to increase outreach to other SIGS and organizations outside of ABAI who are committed to evidence-based practice, increase student involvement and develop a student award, and increase the number of presentations at ABAI dedicated to evidence-based practice, particularly as it applies to the practice of ABA.
139. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group
J. ADAM BENNETT (Eastern University), Yusuke Hayashi (Penn State Hazleton), Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas)
Abstract: The mission of the EAHB-SIG is to promote the experimental analysis of behavior with human subjects as a means of addressing important fundamental questions about human problems and human nature. In recent years, the energies of EAHB-SIG members have focused on three continuing projects: (1) The EAHB-SIG Distinguished Contributions Award: This award is designed to recognize substantive and sustained contributions to the EAHB literature. The award is presented at the annual convention; (2) The Student Paper Competition: This competition is designed to promote and recognize scholarly activity in the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior. Students are encouraged to submit original research that has not been reviewed elsewhere. Participants receive high quality reviews from experts in their respective areas of research; (3) The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin: The SIG also maintains an online journal (ISSN 1938-7237) for the publication of empirical articles, technical reports, and other types of articles of interest to researchers engaged in the experimental analysis of human behavior.
140. Gambling Special Interest Group
BENJAMIN N. WITTS (St. Cloud State University), Seth W. Whiting (Southern Illinois University)
Abstract: The Gambling Special Interest group is open to all persons interested in gambling and how behavior analysis serves to inform this subject area. The Gambling Special Interest Group has been with ABAI for over a decade and has seen some of the most influential behavior analysts as members. The Gambling Special Interest Group holds semi-annual conferences featuring today's most prominent behavior-analytic gambling researchers. We offer many features to our members, including The Quarterly Handle--our official newsletter--and access to software programs to jumpstart your own gambling research. Whether you're interested in the experimental analysis of behavior, the experimental analysis of human behavior, clinical interventions, theoretical, conceptual, and philosophical issues, ethical concerns, or just like gambling, the Gambling Special Interest Group has something to offer you. Membership is free and is available through our website, accessible through ABAI's special interest group homepage. Please stop by our expo poster and check us out!
141. Health, Sports & Fitness Special Interest Group
BETHANY W NELSON (Endicott College)
Abstract: The mission of this SIG is to bring together and support behavior analysts with personal and/or professional interests in the areas of health, sport and fitness (HSF). Goal 1: To bring together increasing numbers of behavior analysts with a professional and/or personal interest in the areas of health, sport & fitness. Current activities and goals are: (1) to bring together increasing numbers of behavior analysts with professional and/or personal interest in the areas of health, sports, and fitness, (2) to highlight behavioral research and application in the areas of health, sport and fitness (3) to expand current methods of communicating with SIG members and other interested parties (4) to provide incentives and support to student members conducting research in these areas and (5) to provide activities and events that will strengthen collaborative efforts among members.
142. History of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
EDWARD K. MORRIS (The University of Kansas), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), Karen R. Wagner (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc and
Abstract: This poster describes the purpose, mission, objectives, and purview of the Association for Behavior Analysis’s Special Interest Group for the History of Behavior Analysis (HoBA). Our purpose is to advance behavior analysis, nationally and internationally, through a greater understanding of its history. Our mission is to advance that understanding. Our objectives are to (a) cultivate and nurture, (b) enrich and improve, and (c) communicate and disseminate the field’s history. Our purview is the field’s long past, short history, and recent origins, both internal and external. Internal history includes the field’s research methods, sciences, conceptual systems, philosophies, professions, and institutions, as well as its scientists, scholars, and professionals. Its external history includes the field’s historical, social, and cultural contexts. At the moment, our activities include maintaining a Listserv (HOBA@LISTSERV.UHD.EDU) and holding an annual business meeting at the ABAI conferences. The poster will describe considerations for future activities (e.g., our web site’s functions, annual ABAI HoBA symposia, an awards program).
143. Human Development Special Interest Group
MARTHA PELAEZ (Florida International University), Hayne W. Reese (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The poster outlines the aims and interests of the Human Development Special Interest Group, formerly called the Developmental Behavior Analysis SIG. This SIG emphasizes empirical and conceptual analyses of environment-behavior interactions in basic science and applied contexts within and across particular developmental periods. Its purview includes animal as well as human research, theory, and applications. Members of the DEV SIG typically participate in the program at annual meetings of ABAI in symposia, paper sessions, and poster sessions. The DEV SIG also sponsors a B. F. Skinner Lecturer, an invited paper presentation, and an invited tutorial. Information about DEV SIG membership requirements and responsibilities will be available at the SIG table. Information about colleges and universities that provide graduate education in relevant disciplines will also be available, emphasizing ones that house members of the SIG. The DEV SIG publishes a journal, the Behavioral Development Bulletin, and encourages DEV SIG members and nonmembers to submit manuscripts on topics related to the aims and interests of the SIG. All submissions are refereed, and submitted manuscripts must conform to rules of style and format specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
144. Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analyst
ELIZABETH HUGHES FONG (Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts), Sakurako Sherry Tanaka (Mutlicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts), Kozue Matsuda (Children Center), Jane Yip (Purdue University), Robyn M. Catagnus (Ball State University), Dana Garner (Penn State), Lila Ayyad-Alharsha (Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts)
Abstract: Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts is a special interest group of the mother organization, Association for Behavior Analysis International. The ABAI organization consists of over 20,000 members from all over the world. The purpose of Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts is to connect behavior analysts who have an interest and/or experience in serving multicultural/minority populations-whether they be ethnic, religious, geographic, or socio-economic. The hope is to create a network of behavior analysts who speak a language or have a skill set relevant to a given population with people who need those services, as well as to connect behavior analysts with others who share common interests. An additional purpose of the Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts is to spread the mission of ABAI worldwide while being in alignment with the NGO of the civil society of the United Nations. MultiABA is currently listed in the UN Civil Society database, and applying for consultative status with ECOSOC.
145. Organizational Behavior Management Network
HEATHER M. MCGEE (Western Michigan University), Anna Conard (Western Michigan University), Daniel B. Sundberg (Western Michigan University), Marlies Hagge (Western Michigan University), Yngvi F. Einarsson (OBM Network; Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network, founded in 1982, exists in order to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of Organizational Behavior Management through: Research, Education, Practice, and Collaboration. The OBM Network is a non-profit organization, whose members are consultants, academicians, students, employees, managers, supervisors, and executives. OBM is a science-based approach to improving human performance and execution in organizations. OBM produces significant and measurable outcomes in behavior change, organization and culture change, organizational management systems, and process improvement. OBM practitioners have a bottom-line focus and their work shows substantial and continuing financial impact to organizations. Individuals interested in applying behavioral principles to the improvement of performance in business and industry are encouraged to visit the OBM Network poster to learn more about OBM, the OBM Network, and membership benefits. Informational and promotional materials will be available for all visitors and OBM Network staff will be on hand to discuss the Network and its activities, as well as to answer any questions about the Network.
146. Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group (PBS SIG)
ROSE IOVANNONE (University of South Florida/Florida Mental Health), Robert F. Putnam (May Institute)
Abstract: Positive behavior support uses behavioral principles to redesign environmental contexts that enhance quality of life while decreasing problem behavior and increasing socially valid replacement behaviors. Behavior analysts involved in positive behavior support operate in various levels including direct child and/or interventionist level to broad systems level (e.g., schools, organizations). The Positive Behavior Support Interest Group provides a forum for behavior analysts to discuss issues relevant to the profession. The SIG also provides interested members opportunities for networking, providing input on the goals and objectives, and to develop plans for disseminating accurate information about positive behavior support and promoting its presence at future conferences.
147. Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC )
Abstract: The Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis SIG is dedicated to the establishment of behavior analysis as a unique clinical practice. This Expo poster describes recent efforts and plans for the coming year.
148. Rehabilitation and Independent Living (R.A.I.L.) Special Interest Group
CHRIS PERSEL (Centre for Neuro Skills)
Abstract: The Rehabilitation and Independent Living (R.A.I.L.) Special Interest Group continued to support the expansion of Behavior Analysis in the field of rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation and related areas. This is a great opportunity for professionals from many states to share ideas. Areas of interest include staff training, program protocols and support for working with diverse populations. The R.A.I.L. SIG Facebook page has continued to assist with contact and information exchange for its members. Visit the page to check it out and join/like, the URL is - . Individuals can join the SIG anytime by sending a message through the Facebook page to chairman Chris Persel or visit the group at the next conference SIG business meeting.
149. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
BRIGID MCCORMICK (Instructional ABA Consultants), Fawna Stockwell (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Deric E. Toney (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group exists to help disseminate empirically verified information regarding sex education and sex therapy to behavior analysts working in applied settings. Sexual Behavior SIG also supports basic and applied research on the emergence and maintenance of human sexual behavior in typically developing individuals, individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, and other populations. Members or this special interest group include professionals, teachers, direct service providers, parents, and consumers who are concerned with issues of sex therapy, sex education, and sex research. Sexual Behavior SIG was founded in 2007 as STEP SIG and has been providing a symposium at the annual convention of ABAI since its inception, sharing both conceptual and empirical presentations with conference attendees.
151. Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
TRACIE L. LINDBLAD (Monarch House), Nikia Dower (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Amanda Karsten (Western New England University), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.)
Abstract: The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) SIG poster will provide information about the SIG’s mission, the composition of our membership, the treatment and research areas applicable to the members of our SIG, and finally, the various benefits of membership in our SIG. The SIG’s mission is to promote the dissemination of behaviorally oriented speech and language research and the application of evidence-based practices relevant to the full range of services provided by speech and language professionals. Expo attendees to our poster will receive information about SIG membership and its benefits and the resources that are available on the SIG website and the SIG Facebook page. As well, opportunities for participation on various SIG committees will be highlighted. In addition, SIG Executive members will be available at the poster for informal discussions with visitors, to answer specific questions and, in general, to promote interest in the dissemination of behavioral interventions for speech and language disorders.
152. Standard Celeration Society
KELLY J. FERRIS (Organization for Research and Learning (ORL)), Charles T. Merbitz (Behavior Development Solutions), Kent Johnson (Morningside Academy)
Abstract: Since 1990 the Standard Celeration Society (SCS) has comprised a collegial organization for all persons who use Standard Celeration Charts to monitor and change human behavior frequencies. The society’s heritage lies greatly in Precision Teaching and its founder Ogden R. Lindsley, who in 1972 (p. 9) named Precision Teaching because "what was really new in our procedure was precision, we decided to use that as an adjective in front of whatever it was one was doing: hence in our case, "precision teaching." Lindsley (1971) hoped that the standard recording and charting system would be used throughout the behavioral fields as Precision School Psychology, Precision Social Work (Green & Morrow, 1972), Precision Speech Therapy (Johnson, 1972), and so on. Dr. Lindsley’s greatest contribution as written in tribute by T. V. Joe Layng was his showing “that bringing frequency to the people revealed not only his heart, but the heart that resides in the science of human behavior as well.” The Society encourages the development and growth of a science of human behavior and learning, and promotes using the Standard Celeration Chart to further that objective. Ultimately, we have a society to create a more loving, less fearful world. – Bill Helsel & Kelly Ferris (Executive Council 2008-2010).
153. Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
Abstract: Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA) is a special interest group of the Association for Behavior Analysis. TBA's purpose is simple - to improve the teaching and learning of the principles and applications of behavior analysis in any setting where those activities occur. Those settings include formal classrooms; agencies and organizations that design behavioral interventions for children, adults, and animals; business concerns that provide performance management training for their personnel or consultees; and homes where the main concerns are caring and effective child-raising, supportive family relationships, and enjoyable, well-mannered pets.
154. Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group
JUDAH B. AXE (Simmons College), Kerry A. Conde (Trumpet Behavioral Health), April N. Kisamore (Caldwell College), Rocio Rosales (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Alice Alice Shillingsburg (Marcus Autism Center, Emory University School of M), Laura L. Grow (University of British Columbia), Sarah Frampton (Marcus Autism Center), Amber Valentino (Trumpet Behavioral Health - Monterey Bay)
Abstract: The mission of the VB SIG is to disseminate theory, research, and practice to parents and professionals worldwide. The VB SIG has a dedicated group of elected council members who carry out the many functions of the VB SIG. First, the VB SIG publishes two newsletters annually that highlight research and practice in verbal behavior with featured labs and interviews. Second, the VB SIG holds an annual student research competition. The best three student winners each receive a plaque, a small check, and a current copy of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Third, the VB SIG offers an annual student grant competition in which the winner receives $500 to support her or his project. Fourth, the Jack Michael Award is given to a distinguished researcher in verbal behavior. The VB SIG Council presents these awards at the annual business meeting at ABAI. Finally, the VB SIG Student Group contributes to disseminating information about verbal behavior through the website, Facebook, and other outlets. The VB SIG Expo poster is a wonderful way for people to learn about the many activities of the VB SIG and to get involved.
155. Autism Special Interest Group
ROBERT K. ROSS (Beacon ABA Services), John D. Molteni (University of Saint Joseph)
Abstract: The Autism SIG brings together those who specialize in or have an interest in the application of behavior analysis to the education and treatment of individuals with autism throughout the lifespan. The SIG was created to promote behavior analytic research and the exchange of scientific information in the area of autism treatment, to advocate for and promote high standards in the application of behavior analytic treatment, and to support consumers of ABA services. The Autism SIG maintains a website and publishes a quarterly newsletter to provide clinicians, educators, and parents with information regarding scientifically supported interventions for individuals with autism. Other ongoing initiatives include participating in the ABAI annual convention and autism conference exhibitions, presenting an annual student research award, and maintaining consumer guidelines for identifying, selecting, and evaluating behavior analysts working with individuals with autism.



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