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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #70
CE Offered: BACB
Family Involvement is Key: Navigating Effective Collaboration Between Family Members and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Providers
Saturday, May 25, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 103 C
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Julie Robyn Russell, M.S.
Chair: Julie Robyn Russell (Brooklyn Autism Center)
ANDREA DELGADO (Brooklyn Autism Center)
JULIET GRILLO (Brooklyn Autism Center)
FERNANDE DEGUENON (Verbal Beginnings)

It is clear that collaboration between family members and ABA providers is essential as it can help maximize the effectiveness of treatment and improve client outcomes. Without meaningful family collaboration, intervention plans may be more difficult to implement effectively. This panel presentation will outline best practices in building strong family involvement and use of compassionate care to best support all family members. Panelists will share strategies about how to effectively build trust and rapport. Strategies will also be shared on how to increase family buy in of ABA strategies to facilitate greater generality of practices outside of ABA sessions. Topics related to the navigation of dealing with more difficult family concerns and how to support family members struggling to support their child will be discussed. This presentation is applicable and beneficial for any providers in collaboration with families. Family collaboration across home service and center based programming will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: (1) Describe the most effective strategies in building collaboration between family members and ABA providers (2) Explain how to navigate parent preferences and requests while keeping the program client centered (3) Describe how to lead with compassion when supporting families who are struggling to support their child
Keyword(s): Collaboration, Compassionate Care, Family Involvement, Parent Support



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