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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W23
CE Offered: BACB
Environmental Barriers in the Classroom Setting Impacting Effective ABA Treatment and Solutions for Success
Friday, May 28, 2021
9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Melinda Docter, Ed.D.
MELINDA DOCTER (Northcentral University)
Description: Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires that states provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students whose disabilities impact access to their education programs. The Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is the vehicle for providing FAPE. Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders are encouraged by scientific literature supporting the use of Applied Behavior Analysis and will often request this treatment more frequently than other models of teaching used by many school districts. However, IDEA does not identify specific treatment/methodology; it permits the school district to choose the intervention. Parents often resort to the legal process for access to ABA therapy; and they often have to prove that not only is ABA therapy more effective for their child, but other methodologies are less effective for their child. Therefore, it is imperative that when ABA treatment is provided in the school setting, it is effective. There are often environmental barriers that impede the effectiveness of ABA in a classroom setting (e.g., staff turnover, lack of training, inconsistent data collection, lack of knowledge and lack of teacher/administrative support). This workshop will identify barriers to ABA treatment in the classroom setting, resolutions for those barriers, and strategies for effective treatment.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify environmental variables in a classroom setting that may impede effective ABA treatment for the client. (2) Identify specific strategies that can be used to either bypass environmental barriers or coexist with environmental barriers to ensure the most effective treatment for the client. (3) Choose and apply the most appropriate strategy to either bypass environmental barriers or coexist with environmental barriers to ensure the most effective treatment for the client.
Activities: Instructional strategies will include: *Lecture to present information *Analysis of scenarios for environmental barriers *Small group discussion to review environmental barriers *Small group activities to include the following: -Identification of environmental barriers through scenario analysis -Identification of solutions to address environmental barriers to ensure effective treatment implementation in the classroom setting -Data collection with environmental barriers in the classroom setting -Treatment implementation with environmental variables in the classroom setting -IEP review for information relevant to ABA treatment in the classroom setting -Small group guided practice for behavior analytic intervention within the classroom setting
Audience: Basic Intermediate - No prerequisites necessary as this workshop will identify and describe familiar classroom settings and scenarios regarding environmental barriers impacting effective ABA treatment.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ABA Implementation, BTP, School-based ABA, Treatment Integrity



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