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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Workshop #W67
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Successful Intervention in Schools: How to Provide Systematic and Effective Behavioral Consultation
Friday, May 27, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 104A
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan Robinson Joy, Ph.D.
MEGAN ROBINSON JOY (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health), KRISTEN M. VILLONE (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health), RYAN BIEMULLER (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health)
Description: Working in natural environments like schools presents a number of challenges to implementing successful behavioral intervention. Competing priorities, last minute referrals, and large caseloads can make consultants feel like they are always putting out fires. In this workshop attendees will learn strategies for providing systematic, effective, and ecologically valid behavioral consultation. The presenters will review research on evidence-based practices for special education populations, including learners with autism and students with intensive special needs. Attendees will learn how to incorporate evidence-based practices into classroom consultation protocols, including how to create data-based observation systems and provide behavioral skills training to teachers and classroom staff. The presenters will discuss processes for addressing the needs of high-risk students who continue to exhibit problem behavior despite consistent implementation of evidence-based practices. Strategies for effective coaching in the classroom will be emphasized, including how to build rapport, work with staff from different backgrounds, communicate effectively and identify interventions that are feasible and contextually appropriate. The presenters will also discuss how to monitor progress, fade supports and build capacity within the school environment.
Learning Objectives: (1) Identify evidence-based classroom practices for special education populations, including learners w/ASD and students with disruptive behavior disorders. (2) Develop a structured classroom observation system, including data collection strategies and a plan for implementation and sustainability. (3) Demonstrate how to effectively use behavioral skills training to teach classroom staff how to consistently use evidence-based practices. (4) Discuss key practices for effective consultation, including building rapport, working within the resources of the environment, communicating clearly and consistent documentation.
Activities: Instructional strategies will include: - Didactic training and demonstration of targeted skills. - Sharing and discussing data on current implementation in public schools - Presentation of templates for developing data-based observation systems and implementation plans - Small group discussion to develop implementation plans - Opportunities to practice coaching and providing performance feedback
Audience: Participants should have experience developing behavior intervention plans. Participants should have experience working in schools or working with staff without a background in ABA.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): consultation, contextual fit, schools



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