2017 Presentation Synopses – Dr. Robert K. Ross

The Behavioral Indicators of Effective ABA Program Implementation

Abstract: The tremendous growth in the need for ABA-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum has led to a rapid increase in the number of individuals receiving “ABA” training and entering the workforce.  This has resulted in an overall decrease in the amount of experience, both implementing and overseeing ABA programs, that such personnel have. The provision of high quality behavior analytic treatment services requires more than “ABA trained” staff implementing of a set of “ABA” procedures: it requires that supervisors and implementers possess a strong understanding of the science of human behavior that undergirds behavioral interventions.  This talk will describe the observable and measureable behavior of both the learner and the instructor that are indicative of the presence or absence of an effective and appropriate ABA-based intervention program for individuals with ASD.

What Does That Mean?  How Inaccurate Descriptions in Autism Treatment Often Lead to Poor Outcomes

Abstract: This talk is a humorous (and sometimes serious) look at some terms commonly used by practitioners who work with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities to describe interventions and clinical conditions.  Many of these terms are inaccurate, badly applied, and/or flat out wrong.  Board Certified Behavior Analysts pride themselves on precise descriptions and technological precision, yet we are often guilty of using terms with no actual meaning, incorrectly applying terms, referring to hypothetical entities, and sometimes just making things up, which can have an impact on the efficacy of services.  This talk will present applied examples of the problem and show how we can avoid these mistakes, use alternative descriptions, and stay true to our science.