Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #294
CE Offered: BACB — 
Rapid Prompting Method: Facilitated Communication in Sheep's Clothing and a Threat to the Delivery of Effective Interventions
Sunday, May 27, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom A
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Paul A. Dores, Ph.D.
Chair: Matthew C. Howarth (Verbal Behavior Associates)
PAUL A. DORES (Psychologist in Private Practice; Verbal Behavior Associates)
GINA GREEN (Association of Professional Behavior Analysts)
PAMELA TOWNSEND (Dannis Woliver Kelley)

Soma Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) is a methodology that purports to build communication and academic skills in learners with autism and other diagnoses using intensive verbal, auditory, visual, and tactile prompts. Use of RPM is often accompanied by extraordinary claims that learners exhibited exceptional skill levels, and even genius-like talents, even though most had shown no signs of such skills before RPM was used and no scientific research supports those claims. This panel discussion will address the similarities between Rapid Prompting Method and Facilitated Communication (FC) and threats that both represent to the effective implementation of applied behavior analysis interventions (for example, when false communications produced via RPM or FC replace actual, independent communication, or those methods supplant proven intervention methods). Objective procedures for testing the authorship of messages produced via RPM or FC and the ethical and legal challenges they pose for ABA practitioners and school districts will also be discussed.

Target Audience:

All ABA practitioners and educational professionals: BCBAs, BCaBA, School Psychologists

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the panel discussion, participants will be able to: 1) Identify the barriers to applying effective interventions when encountering non-evidence based practices. 2) List the ethical issues surrounding Rapid Prompting Method 3) Describe the Iaws and regulations around the usage of RPM in schools



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