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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Symposium #234
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Adventures of Behavior Analysis in Juvenile Justice
Sunday, May 26, 2024
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon G
Area: EDC/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Samantha Fuesy (Adapt & Transform Behavior)
Discussant: Samantha Fuesy (Adapt & Transform Behavior)
CE Instructor: Samantha Fuesy, M.A.

Providing Behavior Analysis informed services for youth in the juvenile justice system is flush with unique challenges. Adapt and Transform Behavior has been providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other behavior science informed services in the Florida juvenile justice system since 2017. Come learn about the current challenges we have experienced trying to expand services including limitations on the state and juvenile justice facility administration for allocating resources to staff training and education as well as regular assessment and evaluation of treatment outcomes. Additionally, there is a culture within these organizations where decision makers and agency leadership are reluctant to “rock the boat” and change the way they have been operating even if there is clear evidence that the way things have been done is not working. Please join us to learn more about some of our specific projects as we share what we have learned about providing Behavior Analysis services in juvenile justice settings.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Education, Juvenile Justice, Precision Teaching, Public Policy
Target Audience:

Knowledge of behavior analysis practices and knowledge of behavior analysis research designs

Learning Objectives: (1) Describe implementation of precision teaching in juvenile justice settings (2) Identify common issues to providing Behavior Analysis services in juvenile justice settings (3) Discuss strengths and limitations to current Behavior Analysis research designs
Diversity submission 

Classroom Management and Precision Teaching Training and Coaching for Teachers in Residential Juvenile Justice Facilities

Sara Hordges (Adapt & Transform Behavior ), Nicole Marie Harris (Adapt & Transform Behavior), SAMANTHA FUESY (Adapt & Transform Behavior), Caleb Deneb Hudgins (Adapt & Transform Behavior), Jason Guild (Adapt & Transform Behavior)

The educational needs of children in residential juvenile detention facilities can present a number of challenges to teachers and administrators. For example, students are typically grouped based on safety concerns and not by their school grade level leading to classrooms with students who are at very different grade levels. Adapt and Transform Behavior, with support of a Department of Education grant received by one of our contract providers, provided data-driven, behavior-science-based teacher training workshops and weekly follow up coaching to increase student academic gains. Our workshops and weekly coaching trained teachers in basic principles in behavior science, classroom management, student data collection, fluency based instruction, and differential instructional techniques, so that teachers would have the skills to engage students with diverse educational needs. This presentation will provide a brief overview of some preliminary data on the role and importance of coaching to help promote the use of skills and techniques trained during workshops.

Diversity submission 

Getting Behavior Analysis Into Those Hard to Reach Places

CALEB DENEB HUDGINS (Adapt & Transform Behavior), Samantha Fuesy (Adapt & Transform Behavior)

Advocating for access to Behavior Analysis informed practices outside of the world of Autism can be an uphill battle. This is particularly the case when providing ABA and other behavior analysis informed practices within state organized and tax funded public health and safety systems and agencies. The goal of this presentation is to introduce the audience to the kinds of barriers (and successes) our company has experienced trying to provide services to children who have become involved with Florida’s Juvenile Justice system. We will provide an overview of the different kinds of advocacy we have engaged in including partnering with other state associations, including our state Association for Behavior Analysis chapter, engaging with state level administrators and policy makers, as well as academic partners. The presentation will close with a set of recommendations for practitioners and researchers in the field on specific steps we can take to improve access to behavior analysis informed services for children with some of the greatest needs.




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