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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #186
CE Offered: BACB
A Panel Discussion on Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support: So Happy Together
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom C
Area: PRA/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Rose Iovannone, Ph.D.
Chair: Rose Iovannone (University of South Florida; Florida Center for Inclusive Communities)
JODIE SORACCO (University of Nevada, Reno)
CHRISTIAN SABEY (Brigham Young University)
LAUREN DIANE BROWN (University of Nevada, Reno)

This session will be a panel discussion of the impact and perceptions of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) within Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Upon entry into the panel, audience will be provided a link to a polling website to select from a per-determined list of questions/topics they would like to panelists to discuss. Audience can also contribute additional questions via the polling site. Questions will be selected based upon highest to lowest ranking of scores and the panelists will alternate responding or each be given a chance to respond, depending on the nature of the question. Questions will be derived from the following topics: (a) Foundations of ABA will be explored from a vantage point of classically trained behavior analysts who practice within PBS frameworks. Early history of ABA influencing applications of PBS along with debates from both sides will be discussed. (b) ABA and PBS in practice will highlight how PBS practices are rooted to behavior analytical principles. Multi-tiered systems of support will be examined from the perspective of behavior analysis and PBS terminology will be viewed through the lens of behavior analytical verbal behavior. Key points will be to enlighten attendees that although terminology may be different, foundational principles are the same. (c) Debunking the Myths of ABA and PBS will explore the common misconceptions held by practitioners who may not have a rich understanding of each contributing discipline. ABA and PBS are not strangers to each other, yet many practitioners maintain common misinterpretations and misunderstandings (e.g., ABA is only consequence-bases; PBS does not apply any consequences; ABA is only for autism; PBS is ABA-light, etc.). By debunking these fallacies, more accurate information will be disseminated along with a more thorough appreciation for behavior analytical principles as essential in the application of PBS.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Practitioners, Educators, Supervisors, Researchers, University Faculty, Graduate Students

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify historic foundations of ABA that influence application of PBS 2. Discuss and compare PBS and ABA terminology 3. Select a minimum of 2 PBS and/or ABA misconceptions and explain why it is a misconception
Keyword(s): ABA, PBS



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