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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Invited Paper Session #482
CE Offered: BACB — 
Pioneering Behavior Analysis in the United Arab Emirates: Challenges, Solutions and The Road Ahead
Monday, May 27, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon H
Area: TBA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Kerri L. Milyko (Centria Healthcare)
CE Instructor: Kerri L. Milyko, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: NIPA BHUPTANI (Applied & Behavioral Training Institute, UAE)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a relatively novel field of practice internationally. This presentation outlines the evolution of ABA service delivery in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) across the past two decades presented by the first Certified Behavior Analyst registered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in the UAE. Unique challenges and solutions are demonstrated in relation to three key areas: service delivery, certification and supervision, and systemic change. Introducing Behavior Analysis to a region characterized by multicultural diversity and establishing a clinical/ educational ABA practice has come with a unique set of challenges, including limited access to resources, overcoming professional isolation, navigating ethical dilemmas, and addressing the diverse origins and cultural complexities of clients and staff. Various strategies for overcoming these challenges will be presented with an emphasis on the importance of ethical conduct by Behaviorists implementing in multicultural settings. The Competent Learner Model (CLM), an implementation system encompassing a tiered model of education and staff coaching with best practice ABA provides a valuable resource for service providers globally. Shaping individual actions to foster behavior-analytic organizational systems is of paramount importance. This offers insights into interventions, family support, training, and competence building across the field of ABA.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience for this presentation include but are not limited to: • Behavior analysts within their first 5 years of practice, including practitioners, supervisors, etc., who are currently enrolled in or recently completed graduate-level work. • BCBAs and BCBA-Ds who have completed graduate-level work, are licensed or certified individuals • Educators or Behaviorists wishing to implement best practice in multicultural settings or internationally.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the challenges of implementing Behavior Analysis in a new region which has a multicultural population. 2. Discuss the benefits of using an implementation model when initiating a new BA program in a setting that has a multitude of unique challenges 3. Discuss the need of shaping behaviors, in order to shape systems within organizations when implementing a new project.
NIPA BHUPTANI (Applied & Behavioral Training Institute, UAE)
Nipa Bhuptani is a dedicated professional who boasts nearly three decades of experience in Special and Inclusive Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with a Masters in Special & Inclusive Education. As the Founder-Director of Applied & Behavioral Training Institutes (ABTi), Nipa leads a team of 30+ ABA instructors, specializing in early intervention and professional development training while running the Autism Support Network. Her team has effectively implemented behavioral intervention programs for students with developmental disabilities and trained thousands of educators, parents, healthcare providers, and community members across the UAE.



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