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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #315
CE Offered: BACB
Responding to Criticism of Applied Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 29, 2023
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 4
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Rachel L. White, Ph.D.
Chair: Rachel L. White (University of Alaska, Anchorage)
GINA RICHIG (Vanderbilt University Peabody College)
RICHELLE HURTADO (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
PABLO JUÁREZ (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

Criticisms of the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are gaining more attention from members within this field. It is important that we acknowledge areas of weakness within our field and make changes to address those weaknesses. After providing the audience with strategies to better listen to potentially uncomfortable feedback, this panel will discuss examples of criticisms of ABA and offer strategies to address those concerns. Panelists will accept questions from attendees regarding how to listen and make change based on criticisms heard. Participants will walk away with ideas on how to begin to address any areas of concern within their practice.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Participants should be familiar with functional analysis methodology and the development of function-based behavior intervention plans.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) select strategies for listening to criticisms of ABA; 2) identify some common criticisms of ABA; and 3) list ways to reduce the risk of harm caused by some common practices in ABA.
Keyword(s): criticism, neurodiversity affirming



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