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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethical Considerations: What Every Behavior Analyst Should Know About Augmentative and Alternative Communication Decision-Making
Thursday, May 23, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Lucerne Ballroom Level, Lucerne 3
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Catherine Horton, M.S.
CATHERINE HORTON (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.), Andy Bondy (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.)
Description: An overwhelming number of communication options exist for our learners with complex communication needs. Practitioners are not only faced with decisions related to the type of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system, but are also tasked with choices related to the most effective teaching strategy. Behavior analysts must be familiar with the available options, critically review the current research and make informed recommendations; all while maintaining compliance with the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code and working collaboratively with other members of the educational team. This presentation will review three current and popular approaches in the field including Aided Language Stimulation/Modeling, core vocabulary and presumed competence. Relevance to the Code will be explored and participants will be presented with related ethical dilemmas with proposed solutions. Participants will leave the training with a framework for analyzing new communicative approaches while maintaining positive, ethical team collaboration.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) State specific guidelines from the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code in relation to AAC decision-making (2) Describe current popular approaches in the field of AAC, specifically including Aided Language Stimulation/Modeling; core vocabulary and presumed competence. (3) Describe strategies for working cooperatively with other educational team members.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be targeted via a balanced presentation of lecture, group discussion and analysis of videos demonstrating key concepts. Ethical scenarios will also be presented for small group discussion and problem-solving.
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): AAC, Core Vocabulary, Presumed Competence, Pyramid



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