Elevating ABA Therapy through Community of Practice
Community of practice: An ongoing initiative where behavior analysts can grow, thrive, and make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Lori Russo, MS, BCBA, LBA
Dr. Shahla Alai’I-Rosales, BCBA-D, LBA
Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz
Community of Practice, in partnership with Dr. Shahla Ala’i-Rosales, BCBA-D, LBA, and Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz is a testament of our ongoing commitment to provide compassionate and effective intervention in the lives of children with autism and their families. Community of practice are intentionally formed groups of people who are committed to learning and serving together through development and training opportunities. New skills and knowledge are used in meaningful ways to understand, learn, and implement advances in ABA therapy, while staying true to the established principles.
We are dedicated to advancing compassionate, effective, and progressive care.
Clinical Case Reviews
BCBAs and Regional Directors meet with clinical experts to systematically review children’s intervention plans and progress. This is in addition to team meetings and center review activities and is designed as a teaching and learning activity. Cases are reviewed in depth and the team considers case histories, video samples across settings, program data, and parent and child perspectives. In collaboration with the BCBAs, clinical experts make both child and system recommendations for improving the well-being of the individual child, as well as the system that supports their progress. Faculty from premier training programs provide the expertise and the meetings are conducted in the style of teaching hospitals in that all assessments and recommendations are explained in the context of behavioral principles and the evidence base.
Master Lecture Series
BCBAs are invited to learn from thought leaders in the field of behavior analysis in a monthly meeting. Each opportunity provides 2 continuing education credits and an abundance of important information. A variety of topics are discussed, including Compassionate Care, Progressive ABA, Family Harmony, Value Based Interventions, Cultural Responsiveness etc. and are followed by small group discussions about how to translate the information into reality for the children served.
BCBAs and Regional Directors attend semi-annual day-long training sessions to sharpen basic skills and concepts in behavior science. BCBAs use a cutting-edge behavior science tool to practice techniques and how to talk about behavior change with precision and humanity. Analysis and discussion of their own teaching interactions in the context of the concepts and techniques covered in the camp. This is an opportunity to intensively learn and bond as highly-dedicated behavior analysts.