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Effective Classroom Design Strategies: Barriers and Solutions for Effective Treatment in the Classroom
April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
SoCal ABA Autism Awareness Month: Effective Classroom Design Strategies
Barriers and Solutions for Effective Treatment in the Classroom
Presented by Melinda Docter, Ed.D., BCBA
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
6-8PM PST / 8-10PM CST / 9-11PM EST
When attended in full, this program offers: 2.0 APA CEs for Psychologists and 2.0 BBS California CEUs for Counselors, Social Workers, and LMFTs.
The implementation of an ABA program in the classroom setting has unique challenges; especially when compared to treatment in a clinical setting. A clinical setting allows for contrived environmental situations that can be changed to meet the individual needs of the client (e.g., 1:1 treatment with provider, limited noise, available materials, minimal distractions due to other students and/or adults, temperature of the room, etc.) Providers in a classroom setting do not often have control over any of these variables. BCBA’s are often conducting assessments, developing treatment plans and/or modelling for, or observing the direct services provider to provide effective feedback. Little to no time is set aside for training classroom personnel or the teacher, so when the BCBA is not in the classroom, the direct service provider is often left to manage on their own. This, more times than not, turns into crisis intervention, which is a reactive phenomenon, instead of the consistent implementation of the behavior treatment plan based on data findings from the functional behavior assessment and the science of applied behavior analysis. This presentation will provide solutions to the most common barriers for effective treatment in the classroom setting.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Docter has 33 years of general education and special education experience in both teaching and administration and the last 7 years in higher education. She has co-authored one book (“Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive at Home and At School”) and her next book (“Applied Behavior Analysis in the Classroom: Barriers and Solutions for Effective Treatment.”) is forthcoming (2023). Dr. Docter is a Fulbright Scholar, previously providing 12 weeks of behavior analytic training in Mykolaiv, Ukraine at Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University.