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 #294
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Meaningful Outcomes:Three Autistic Women Working in the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis Share Ideas for Implementing Kindness and Meaningful Outcomes in Treatment Delivery and Services
Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 103 B
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Anika Hoybjerg, Ph.D.
Chair: Anika Hoybjerg (Autism & Behavioral Intervention)
KAELYNN PARTLOW (Project Hope; Netflix Love on the Spectrum)
AUDREY VOGEL (The Hangout Spot LLC)
BRIELLE WILLIAMS (Autism & Behavioral Intervention)

These presenters will share their unique experience of working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis while also being autistic. They will provide valuable insights on how to deliver treatment methods that align with compassionate care and seek meaningful outcomes for those we serve. The field of Applied Behavior Analysis has come under close scrutiny by those in the autistic community and voices like those of the presenters can help bridge the gap as they each hold the roles as Registered Behavior Technicians and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. This panel discussion will engage in an honest, vulnerable, and insightful discussion of the strengths and limitations of what we are doing in Applied Behavior Analysis to serve members of the autistic community and learn to be better at listening to autistic voices. They will share experiences on how to better include autistic opinions and feedback in our practices in a manner that is effective, kind, and meaningful. These discussions can offer a future of greater inclusivity, awareness, flexibility, and increased compassionate care practices.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts, graduate students, practitioners

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) Describe, identify, and operationally define components of kindness and compassionate care in therapeutic ABA settings. 2) Select, identify, and describe individualized goals for clients based on kindness and meaningful outcomes for increased future independence, employment, and social interactions. 3) Describe recent research-based extensions to the use of compassionate care in ABA and how it impacts client skill acquisition, on-task behavior, happiness indices, and problem behavior. 4) Be able to identify and describe more ways to include autistic voices in treatment, therapy, and ABA practice.



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