UMass Medical School experts to present at Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Second Education Conference

Nov 07, 2013

The expertise of UMass Medical School faculty and staff in the area of behavior analysis and the role it plays in helping children with disabilities will be featured at the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s (ABAI) Second Education Conference in Chicago.

“Innovations in Education: Apps, Games, Technology and the Science of Behavior”  will take place from Nov. 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL.

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a researcher at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, is both chair and master of ceremonies for the conference. A noted expert in the field of innovative instructional practices for students with disabilities, Twyman will share an invited presentation at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in Regency Ballroom A&B. “The Intersection of Behavior, Education, and Technology” will explore how behavior analysis and digital education can merge to create opportunities for major changes in both teaching and learning.

Shriver Center faculty will also make presentations on new research-based online learning programs offered by UDiscovering, a UMass Medical School online portal that provides parents, educators and health care providers evidence-based instruction on teaching and caring for children with autism and other disabilities.

UDiscovering is a conference sponsor and will be offering discounts for onsite purchases and raffles for free product licenses.

UMass Medical School will be presenting two electronic posters during a session to be held from 7-7:35 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 in Regency Ballroom A&B:


Discovering Behavioral Intervention, a Web-Based Interactive Guide for Parents of Children With Autism
Richard K. Fleming, PhD, MPA, UMass Boston
Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UMass Medical School
Melissa C. T. Maslin, MEd, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UMass Medical School    
Maura Buckley, MPA, UHealthSolutions/UDiscovering
Elise A. Stokes, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UMass Medical School

This poster will describe the development and evaluation of the 10-module course, Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent's Interactive Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), designed to provide an effective online education in behavioral intervention for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Online courses may help parents understand the fundamentals of behavioral intervention such that they may better participate in treatment decisions, evaluate outcomes, and conduct interventions. This course has a unique feature of "parent guides" who offer honest advice and share experiences with ABA and their child/family.

Learning ABA!
Richard W. Serna, PhD, UMass Lowell
Richard K. Fleming, PhD, UMass Boston
Harold E. Lobo, PhD, BCBA-D, Praxis Inc.
Cindy K. Fleming, MS, Praxis Inc.
Charles D. Hamad, PhD, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UMass Medical School    

This presentation will describe an innovative program of research and development aimed at training paraprofessionals through the use of online distance training. The focus of the program has been on teaching fundamental knowledge and skills in behavioral intervention methods by simulating typical live mentor/mentee training. To help build skills, the program makes use of unique simulation exercises, in which the user directly interacts with an onscreen child from a first-person perspective. Program evaluation data from multiple studies will be summarized that demonstrate both knowledge acquisition and transfer of computer based skills to live performances.

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