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Third Annual COABA Convention
November 3, 2018, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm MDT
Saturday, November 3
8:00 - 8:45 am
Registration and Coffee Break
08:45 – 9:00 am
9:00 - 10:00 am
Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA-D
Center for Innovations in Learning
Teaching “Technologies” for Early Literacy: Strategies and Tools to Support All Learners
Built upon the premise that technology encompasses both tools and techniques, this presentation will focus on best practices in helping learners acquire foundational literacy skills. Often educators and parents struggle to effectively teach functional reading skills to learners who exhibit significantly limited language or social skills and other behaviors that can interfere with learning. Teaching any complex repertoire requires a thorough analysis of the behaviors that make up that repertoire. While most experts agree that reading involves deriving meaning from print, understanding a reading repertoire requires a component/composite analysis of essential antecedent-behavior-consequence relations (e.g., how speech sounds and print are related, deriving sound and meaning from print, fluently recognizing and comprehending increasing larger units of print comprehend print). The presenter will share specific strategies for teaching literacy to individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, or a history of difficulty in learning to read. The effective use digital technologies to support early literacy will also be incorporated.
10:00 – 11:00 am
Douglas Woods, Phd
Behavior Therapy for Tourette Syndrome
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological condition consisting of multiple motor and vocal tics that are presumably due to failed inhibition within cortical-striatial-cortical motor pathways. Over the last decade, NIH funded research has demonstrated the efficacy of behavior therapy procedures in adults and children with TS. This Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) combines elements of habit reversal training with psychoeducation and function-based behavioral interventions. In the current presentation, the presenter will describe TS and the behavioral model on which treatment is based. Next, the structure of CBIT will be discussed, and the primary treatment elements described. Finally, the presenter will review data on the efficacy of the treatment and describe empirically based efforts to effectively disseminate the treatment.
11:00 – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
SungWoo Kahng, PhD, BCBA-D
Facts & Fictions About the Functional Analysis of Problem Behaviors
The functional analysis of problem behaviors (Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Richman, & Bauman, 1982/1994) exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities has become the gold standard of care during the treatment of these problem behaviors. Yet, there are commonly held misconceptions about its use. This presentation will discuss commonly held views about the use of functional analyses in practice (e.g., too difficult, not useful for all behaviors/individuals, unsafe) in terms of what are valid and invalid concerns.
12:15 – 1:45 pm
Lunch on your own
1:45 – 2:45 pm
Matt Normand, PhD, BCBA-D
University of the Pacific
Get moving! A Programmatic Line of Behavioral Research on Physical Activity with Young Children
Physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle for children and adults. Conversely, physical inactivity is risk factor associated with a host of medical problems, including hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and, more generally, obesity. To mitigate these risks, current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization state that children should engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per day. Unfortunately, recent estimates suggest that few children are this active. Various behavioral interventions have been developed to increase physical activity in children, but with mixed results. This talk will describe a programmatic line of research that begins with the validation of direct measurement strategies for MVPA, progresses to pre-intervention experimental analyses of the environmental variables functionally related to MVPA, then to intervention evaluations based on the outcomes of the pre-intervention analyses, and finally the development of group interventions for children in school settings. The results of these studies suggest that physical activity can be accurately measured, pre-intervention functional analyses can be used to identify specific variables that promote MVPA, and that this information can be used to develop interventions to increase MVPA.
2:45 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 4:00 pm
John Austin, PhD, ABPP
A Colossal Change for Leaders
Management consultants are known for developing new techniques and many of these techniques are beyond the grasp of most people in the working world. Oftentimes these techniques require a massive amount of behavior change in order to use them in the first place. “Don’t fear conflict”; “Hold people accountable”; “Deliver honest feedback”; “Create a safe space” and other such lofty advice often sound very good in the moment from an intellectual perspective but for someone who is struggling with an actual problem, the techniques often don’t get enacted because the advice is too vague, because there are barriers to following it, and even if the actions needed were very clear, it would require monumental behavior change on behalf of the leader. An evidence-based approach would suggest that we deliver clear expectations, engage in shaping steps from the current baseline, measure, and reinforce improvement. Furthermore, when it comes to leadership and management at work, “simpler” is better, and starting with basics or fundamentals usually produces larger and quicker behavior change. This presentation will describe such an approach, using a case example in manufacturing and extending the practice into human services applications.
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Tyra Sellers, PhD, JD, BCBA-D
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Providing Ethical Supervision: How Are We Doing?
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® reported that, as of August 2018, there were approximately 30,000 BCBAs®, 3,000 BCaBAs®, and 44,000 RBTs®. Additionally, the BACB recently published “A Summary of Ethics Violations and Code-Enforcement Activities: 2016-2017” wherein data were presented regarding the numbers of actual code violations. Per that paper, actual violations related to Code 5.0 Behavior Analysts as Supervisors and Code 10.02 Timely Reporting to the BACB tied as the most common. Because our field employs a supervised field experience model to assist in shaping the behavior analytic repertoires of future BCBAs, it is critical to ensure that supervisors implement high quality supervisory practices that comply with the Code requirements. This talk focuses on discussing some current supervisor practices in the field, as well as recommendations for strengthening those practices.
5:00 – 5:30 pm
Travis Blevins and Linda LeBlanc