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*Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. for Friday and Saturday sessions


Friday, November 21st (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

■ William Ahearn (8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.)

Affiliation: New England Center for Children

         -Title of Presentation: Response Blocking for Stereotypy: A Comprehensive Review of Procedural                                                      Variations

Stereotypic behavior is a persistent and challenging problem behavior in individuals with disabilities and persons with autism.  Response blocking/response interruption and redirection (RIRD) is a frequently used procedure shown to be generally effective in the research literature.  However, positive results are more likely to be published and response interruption procedures do not always lead to desired change in stereotypy. A brief discussion of the history of response blocking will be provided and then an overview of variants of RIRD, especially those recently reported in the research literature, will follow.  A number of impediments to effective intervention will be discussed as well as the importance of variables other than stereotypy (e.g., appropriate alternative responding, time in intervention, aggression, and compliance).  A brief overview of other effective treatment strategies for stereotypy as well as interventions that foster appropriate behavior will conclude the presentation. It will be suggested that response blocking/RIRD is a treatment that should not be the only procedure used when treating stereotypy and that a comprehensive approach that includes building appropriate alternative responding is most likely best practice. Learning objectives: 1.      Participants will be able to describe response blocking and interruption/redirection (RIRD) techniques.  2.      Participants will be able to describe variations of RIRD. 3.      Participants will be able to describe impediments to RIRD producing meaningful change. 4.      Participants will be able to describe alternative approaches to RIRD. 


■ Andy Lattal (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

            -Affiliation: West Virginia University

         -Title of Presentation: Apparatus: The Gabby Hayes of Behavior Analysis

As the great character actor of this title was to leading men throughout so many classic Western movies of the 1930s and 40s, apparatus has been behavior analysis’s loyal sidekick throughout its history. This presentation reviews the contribution of our great ally as we emerged from the primordial soup that was, in this instance, an obscure physiology lab at Harvard University in the 1930s to become a major player in so many human endeavors.  We will begin by considering the symbiotic relation between technology and scientific advances.  From here, we will examine several pieces of apparatus that have played a seminal role in the evolution of the behavior-analytic world view as it is manifest in both research and practice. This apparatus includes the operant conditioning chamber, devices for arranging stimuli and capturing responses, means for delivering reinforcers, and instruments for recording behavior. Some of the pieces we will consider have influenced our general theoretical framework, while others have affected more circumscribed topics of research, conceptual issues, and application. Finally, we will examine the relation between apparatus, the history of behavior analysis, and American cultural history. 

■ Josh Pritchard (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

          -Affiliation: Florida Institute of Technology

          -Title of Presentation: A Functional Approach to Ethics

As our field continues to professionalize, it becomes more and more important to have our own ethical code separate from other related professions.  The current Guidelines for Responsible Conduct provided by the BACB are a good beginning.  However, in my experiences with posts on the Ethics of Behavior Analysis list-serv and ABAI Special Interest Group, I’ve noticed a structural approach to ethics.  There seems to be more focus on the arrangement within the rules created by the guidelines and ethical behavior is judged against those with little or no flexibility.  Unfortunately, this kind of rigidity tends to ignore important context and could, in fact, lead to behavior with negative effects for the practitioner and/or the field at large.  As such, I will propose a functional approach to ethics in which the idea of a binary ethical or not scenario is replaced with one in which behavior is on a continuum and its place on that continuum is situationally determined.  Moreover, the determination of how ethical some behavior is will be framed by its potential and realized effect on a variety of participants in the event.  By providing ethical values with which to determine each case, a functional approach should be a self-correcting guide that will serve our profession as it grows and advances.  This talk will cover both applied clinical work as well as work in OBM and education.  It will be illustrated with examples and discussions from the functional framework.  

■ Maria Malott (2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

          -Affiliation: Association for Behavior Analysis International

          -Title of PresentationLeadership and the Science of Behavior Change

Throughout history and more recently, countless people have changed the world in significant ways. They forged new paths and demonstrated a remarkable ability to inspire others to follow. Margaret Mead suggested: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Was she right that the actions of not one but a few individuals under special motivating circumstances are what account for profound change? Or is it the case that leaders possess incomparable and unique repertoires that enable them to affect change single-handedly? Are there common traits and systems-based strategies that effective leaders use to bring about change? As behavior analysts, we must reflect on these questions and wonder if our scientific approach can account for the change.


Saturday, November 22nd (Workshops)

■ #1 Alyssa Wilson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

          -Affiliation: Saint Louis University

          -Title of Workshop: BCBA Supervision Training

After December 31, 2014, only individuals who complete BACB-approved supervisor training will be permitted to supervise individuals pursuing the BCBA or BCaBA credentials or practicing BCaBAs. Therefore, the current workshop is developed to review behavior analytic principles and concepts required for effective supervision of those who deliver behavior analytic services and or those engaging in supervision of BCBA related services. The content of the 8-hour workshop follows the requirements of the BACB and their suggestions for topics and learning experiences to support attendee’s successful completion of the BACB required examination. Opportunities for attendees to demonstrate verbal or practical competence of the content areas covered will be provided.

 ■ #2 Travis Thompson, PhD and David Berland, MD

(8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)

           -Affiliation: University of Minnesota 

           -Title of Workshop: CPT Provider Workshop

CPT Provider Workshop: Effective July 1, 2014 the AMA recognized ABA procedures for treatment of children and youth with autism. Heads up for BCBAs and LPs who supervise ABA services to children and youth with autism in the St. Louis area. MOABA will present a workshop on the newly approved CPT billing codes for ABA service, assessment and intervention. The workshop is sponsored by MOABA. It will cover the background on how these new procedures were developed and practical steps in implementing the codes. There will be time for Q&A as well.