First year student Lisa Barzotto attended the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) 16th annual conference in November 2006. “Promoting Quality Outcomes” was this year’s theme, and presentations centered on the importance of evidence based practice for effective intervention. Social validity was consistently emphasized in presentations, that interventions must focus on socially important behaviors and developing relevant, functional skills.
“Methods for Reducing Problem Behavior of Children with Autism”
This workshop emphasized the need for functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) to tailor interventions to the situations that both predict and maintain problem behavior. Research-supported treatments for dealing with common problem behaviors were also presented.
“Novel Applications of Behavior Analysis in the Classroom”
This symposium reviewed research literature on treatment integrity in the classroom. One study found that behavior intervention plans were not being implemented as intended in an elementary school setting. The research suggested that supporting teachers and providing consistent feedback (positive and directional) as they implement interventions in their classrooms is critical- teachers need reinforcement too.
Panel Discussion: Aversive Behavioral Interventions
A highlight of the conference was the panel discussion on the recently released New York State Education Department regulations on aversive behavioral interventions. Both NYS Education Department representatives as well as NYS Association for Behavioral Analysis representatives spoke about the complex issues surrounding the current regulations and the use of aversives.