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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Paper Session #151
CE Offered: BACB — 
Considerations for Compassionate Care and Cultural Competence
Saturday, May 25, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 113 B
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Cassi Breaux (University of West Florida)
CE Instructor: Cassi Breaux, M.A.

Compassionate Care in Applied Behavior Analysis Within the Saudi Arabian Context

Domain: Theory
DUAA ALZAHRANI (Umm Al-Qura University ), Reva L. Mathieu-Sher (Duquesne Univeristy)

As the emerging subjects of Compassionate Care and Cultural Responsiveness gain momentum within the realm of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), particularly in the context of treating autistic individuals, the research primarily remains focused on a Western perspective. This article examines the adaptation and application of ongoing efforts to define and establish Compassionate Care and Cultural Responsiveness in ABA within the unique context of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The article explores how the Compassionate Care behaviors identified in the literature may be applicable in Saudi Arabia to enrich ABA treatments for autistic individuals in Saudi Arabia, while also addressing the barriers and challenges that may hinder the implementation of Compassionate Care in Saudi Arabia that are rooted in the cultural and religious aspects of the Saudi society. The article concludes by proposing a standardization of Compassionate Care and Cultural Responsiveness practices in ABA to align with the societal norms prevalent in Saudi Arabia."


Broadening Cultural Competency: How the Core Principles of Consent Can Inform Assent Practices

Domain: Theory
CASSI BREAUX (University of West Florida)

Assent is a relatively new concept in behavior analysis and is commonly misunderstood. Assent practices are vital to the ethical practice of applied behavior analysis. The history and core principles of consent can inform our understanding of assent, thus improving clinical assent practices. Assent practices and neurodiversity-informed practices are vital to cultural competency. This paper explores the integration of core principles of consent into assent practices, with a focus on enhancing cultural competency. By leveraging the fundamental elements of consent, it is possible to broaden the scope of assent procedures, thus better respecting neurodivergent culture. We will define the key components of consent, explore how assent is incorporated within cultural awareness, and discuss assent practices in clinical and educational settings. Through case studies and practical insights, this presentation offers a valuable perspective on bridging the gap between consent and assent, thereby contributing to more culturally sensitive and effective behavior analysis.




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