Association for Behavior Analysis International

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15th Annual Autism Conference; Online; 2021

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Invited Paper Session #15
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
A Short Story About Cultural Competence in Practice
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Britany Melton (Endicott College)
CE Instructor: Sarah Lechago, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: SARAH LECHAGO (University of Houston-Clear Lake)

As behavior analysts, we have a great deal of responsibility as autism treatment developers and providers to the people that we serve. Chief among our responsibilities are the ethical and compassionate treatment of the families that we serve, and a dedication to scientifically robust treatment interventions. One other important feature to practice that has recently settled in the forefront of our field’s consciousness is a dedication to cultural competence. In this presentation, I will present on my own experiences that have influenced my research on bilingualism in autism treatment, my own lessons learned and lessons taught to my graduate students in introducing ABA to an underserved community at the border between Mexico and Texas, and my research on training clinical competence in graduate students in behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify key features in training employees or graduate students’ cultural competence in service provision; (2) identify behavior analysis research publications on bilingualism and cultural competence in autism treatment training; (3) identify steps in introducing themselves into and working with a community outside of their own.
SARAH LECHAGO (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Dr. Sarah Lechago is an Associate Professor in the Behavior Analysis master’s program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). She directs the UHCL Verbal Behavior Clinic (VBC) and the VBC telehealth clinic, and co-directs the UHCL Connecting the Dots program. Her research interests include verbal behavior, student and caregiver training, motivating operations, and diversity, inclusion, and equity. She has published in numerous journals including JEAB, JABA, and TAVB. She serves as the founder and chair of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis’ (TxABA) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity for Everyone (EDIE) Committee.



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