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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Expo Poster Session #179G
Other Organizations
Saturday, May 25, 2024
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, Exhibit Hall A
91. B.F.Skinner Foundation
JOYCE CHENCHEN TU BATTERSBY (Easterseals of Southern California), Emaley McCulloch (Motivity Systems), Sydney J Berkman (AnswersNow)
Abstract: The B. F. Skinner Foundation promotes the science founded by B. F. Skinner and supports the practices derived from that science. In so doing, the Foundation advances a more humane world by replacing coercive techniques with positive procedures.
92. Mexican Organization of Practitioners of Applied Behavior Analysis (OMPAC)
VARSOVIA HERNANDEZ ESLAVA (Universidad Veracruzana), Mariana De Los Santos (Bloom Children's Center), Janet Sanchez Enriquez (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Tania Catalina Catalina Pasillas Salazar (Bloom Children's Center)
Abstract: The Mexican Organization of Practitioners of Applied Behavior Analysis (OMPAC) was established in 2021. OMPAC is a non-profit, newly-formed organization focused on promoting the recognition of Applied Behavior Analysis as an effective scientific discipline to support Mexican society. Our mission is to guide professionals interested in practicing Applied Behavior Analysis by establishing standards and providing specialized training to address socially significant behaviors. Our goals include: 1) Disseminating the practice of ABA in Mexico with the highest standards, 2) Providing reliable resources for individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of ABA, 3) Facilitating communication among professionals in ABA in Mexico, and 4) Setting practice standards and offering specialized training. In 2023, we celebrated our inaugural international conference in the city of Oaxaca, with 120 participants traveling from 14 states in Mexico and nine different countries. Eighteen international speakers and experts shared groundbreaking research in 12 talks and panels. We also host bimonthly continuing education webinars in Spanish. We plan to continue conducting regular events, such as workshops, training sessions, and webinars, with the purpose of disseminating knowledge and providing training in specific sub-specialties of ABA. Our long-term goal is to establish the standards for a Mexican Certification of Behavior Analyst.
93. Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Tablet-Based Cognitive Ability Intervention for Children with Autism
TIANTIAN ZHENG (Beijing Alsolife Technology Co., Ltd.)
Abstract: Background: This exploratory randomized controlled trial evaluated the efficacy of digital cognitive ability intervention on the cognitive function and other related developmental abilities of children with ASD. Methods: Forty-nine children diagnosed with ASD aged 2-8 years were randomly assigned to the digital cognitive ability intervention (DCAI) group (n=25) and control group (n=24). The control group received the offline intervention, and the DCAI group received the digital cognitive and offline intervention for ten weeks. The third edition of the revised Chinese version of the Psycho-educational Profile (C-PEP-3) and Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) were used to assess participants during pre-and post-tests. Results: In the post-test, children in the DCAI and control groups showed significantly higher scores in several areas/domains of C-PEP-3 and VB-MAPP than in the pre-test. (ps<0.05). More significant improvements were observed in the DCAI group relative to the control group on cognitive performance and total developmental ability (ps<0.05). In the DCAI group, children with high developmental age showed greater cognitive performance improvement than children with low developmental age (p<0.05). Conclusions: This study provides evidence that digital cognitive ability intervention as a supplement to manual intervention for children with ASD can improve cognition and overall developmental ability.
94. Values to Action: Helping people forge a society of kindness and compassion that works for everyone
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute), Tommy Ashby (Values to Action), Andrew C Bonner (Florida State University), Kylee Drugan-Eppich (Insight Behavior Partnership, LLC), Elizabeth Virginia Krulder (California ABA), Cassandra O'Hara (University of Florida), Kathryn M. Roose (State of Nevada, Division of Child and Family Services)
Abstract: Imagine that your community is the most nurturing in the country. Values to Action targets the world’s most common and costly problems, providing positive and preventive direction for communities to ensure everyone’s wellbeing. One of the ways Values to Action seeks to accomplish this is through the use of Action Circles. An Action Circle is a small group of like-minded people who devote as little as 15 minutes a day to come together to study a problem in an effort to devise a solution. Groups of five ten or twelve people can make a significant difference on problems as diverse as reducing disparities in children's reading skill, promoting local policies that affect greenhouse gas emissions, preventing delinquency, or preventing child abuse. Values to Action has supported Action Circles on a variety of topics including social emotional learning, climate change, effective reading instruction, behaviorally skilled healthcare professionals, reducing pollution, reducing child abuse and neglect, and reducing youth delinquency. In addition to Action Circles, Values to Action has participated in projects relating to school-based interventions supporting cooperation, skill development, self-regulation, on-task behavior, and academic outcomes. Values to Action is a volunteer organization comprised of individuals with a foundation in behavioral science and a desire to build and sustain nurturing communities.
95. Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of the American Psychological Association and its Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
JORDAN DEBRINE (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Kathryn Glodowski (Mary Baldwin University), Emily L. Baxter (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Isaac Joseph Melanson (University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute), Jessica Pham Tran (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Tara A. Fahmie (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Brinea Charles (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Abstract: The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 25 is a group that promotes the study of experimental and applied behavior analysis. We strive to strengthen the voice of behavior analysts, regularly release publications to discuss current issues in the field, and provide an opportunity for professionals and students in the field to connect. The mission of APA’s Division 25 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Student Subcommittee is to create a community for historically underrepresented students built on collaboration, innovation, and belonging. We want to help move the field of behavior analysis toward more equitable (e.g., just and fair access to resources and opportunities within the division and field), diverse (e.g., representation across ethnicity, race, disability status, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender, and more), and inclusive (e.g., integration of varied ideas and populations) practices in behavior analytic research, practice, and mentorship. The committee will work to (a) develop student-focused diversity and inclusion educational and funding opportunities, (b) disseminate latest research, news, and events relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, (c) help to facilitate and sustain meaningful connections amongst students (d) support student research endeavors related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (e) provide opportunities for mentorship of students for historically underrepresented backgrounds.



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