Welcome to Behaviorbabe
Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Welcome to Behaviorbabe

Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

GT Toyota Auditorium, Quezon City, Philippines 

26-27 April 2019

Organized under the theme “Developing the Foundation in the Advancement of Applied Behavior Analysis Practice in the Philippines” this event aims to discuss and address the current ABA Practice and successful collaboration with other professionals in the Philippines. The distinguished panel of experts will share the latest developments in the practice and science of ABA to more than 300 delegates of local and international industry professionals, educators, practitioners, and parents.

10 minute excerpt (video)

Learn the latest developments in special education from lawyers and advocates on the front lines, including updates since the Supreme Courtʻs decision in Endrew F.

Panel presenters:

Paul Terdal, Parent, Oregon

Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Sonja Kerr, Esq.

Dorene Philpot, Esq.

Presented at the Autism Law Summit

San Antonio, Texas

In partnership with the Hawai‘i & Pacific Deaf-Blind Project, Easterseals Hawai‘i and the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawai‘i

During this presentation, we will:
- Review current laws
- Share what DOE is required to do
- Review some common scenarios
- Strategize solutions
- Review documentation needed
- Propose useful tips for working with your school team
- Offer support and guidance with this process

Parents: Learn how to effectively advocate for AT assessments and services for your child during the school day. Keywords: Hawai'i Department of Education, IDEA, Assistive Technology
During this presentation, we will:
  • Review current laws
  • Share what DOE is required to do
  • Review some common scenarios
  • Strategize solutions
  • Review documentation needed
  • Propose useful tips for working with your school team
  • Offer support and guidance with this process
Parents: Learn how to effectively advocate for ABA assessments and services for your child during the school day. Keywords: Hawaii Department of Education, Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Analysis

When Professionals Disagree: The Ethics of Effective Collaboration
(Kelly, 2018) Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS)

Whether you are a practitioner, consultant, researcher, or parent, we all encounter opportunities to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Benefits of having multiple providers and experts on board can include collaborative brainstorming with shared responsibility for client outcomes. When individuals disagree, however, it can be challenging to determine whose expertise will prevail or what next steps the team should be making. In addition to creating an uncomfortable workplace, when members of the team are resistant or hesitant to trust another's idea, fidelity of an intervention may also be compromised. When disagreements occur this often translates to a delay in client access to treatment. This presentation will review common conflicts, as well as offer some suggestions for effectively navigating these dicey situations. 

As behavior analysts, we are charged with helping others achieve behavior change. We are often called in when stakes are high and situations are escalated. As with any behavior change program, it is important to ensure strong treatment fidelity, meaning we need others to follow the plans we create. There are plenty of times when families, teachers, or other implementers feel frustrated, overwhelmed and unequipped to face certain challenges. As consultants, it can be equally as frustrating when we believe we have buy-in, but later learn that we do not. In 2017, I developed a behavior change program. I was confident I had the tools needed to achieve change. I decided to eliminate consumption of single-use plastic straws. Though motivated and equipped with the science of ABA, I found my behavior change program challenging. Despite being a behavior analyst myself, the degree of my behavior change fluctuated and did not always go in the desired direction. Needless to say, I learned a lot about behavior change by attempting to change my own behavior. 

Embedding ABA into Everyday Instruction 
Building Behavioural Solutions (Kelly, 2018)

 In this workshop, attendees will learn about teaching techniques, grounded in the principles of behavior analysis that can be easily embedded into everyday instruction. As behavior analysts, we are familiar with replacement behaviors and function-based treatment. However, many of us see "on task" as the inverse as "off-task" behavior, when really we should be targeting "active student responding" (ASR). In this workshop, we will review 3 active student responding methods that can hep promote active engagement by learners in classroom settings. In addition, attendees will also discuss video modeling and the role this tool can play in helping learners develop play skills, social skills, and in developing language skills. Lastly, the workshop will introduce and review some key components of Tagteach, which stands for teaching with acoustical guidance. Participants will have an opportunity to practice using these three teaching techniques during the workshop, leaving with access to a small library of resources and videos to take with them.

"Luke's Law: Updates on Insurance and Medicaid Funded ABA Services in Hawai'i  - Presented on behalf of HABA (Kelly and O'Kain, 2017)

Members of the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) Legislative Committee will present an update on applied behavior analysis (ABA) services on Oahu. The team will review state law ("Luke's Law"), allowing an opportunity for discussion at the end. Come hear HABA Representatives share suggestions for accessing ABA services through ones health plan and differences in health plans, as well as updates for Medicaid ABA recipients, and tips for partnering with ABA providers. In addition, presenters will share updates on how Hawaii's ABA Licensure Law intersects with "Luke's Law" services.

This training provides a review of federal and (Hawai'i specific) state laws that pertain to Functional behavior assessments (FBA) and behavior support plans (BSP).

1. List of acronyms and terms | What is ABA?
2. Essential components of applied behavior analysis (ABA) programming
3. Review of behavioral functions (S.E.A.T)
4. Overview of a functional behavior assessment (FBA)
5. Behavior intervention plans (BIP)
6. Data collection
7. Who are Team members (I.D.E.A)
8. Law: Who can conduct an FBA?
9. Review of federal law: I.D.E.A
10 .Review of Hawai’i ABA licensure law
11. What’s happening in other states: Case law review
12. Concerns with current local DOE practices
13. Who should pay for services?
14. Suggestions for supporting families
15. When and how to report ethical and legal violations 

Changes in public policy at both a state and federal level in the United States have continued to impact the practice of behavior analysis in recent years. These developments have made it more important than ever for behavior analysts and those impacted by these policies to participate in public policy efforts. Our panelists will discuss the basics of public policy from a behavior analytic perspective, review public policy implications of emerging research, and provide useful strategies to increase the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy efforts. The panelists will share their experiences in both supporting and opposing various public policy initiatives including autism insurance reform, defining essential health benefits, licensure and regulation of the practice of behavior analysis, telehealth, and more. Finally, we will conclude the panel with a discussion of how behavior analysts can use this information on public policy and grassroots efforts to increase participation in public policy related to other social issues.


The goal of the annual Southwest Conference on Disability is to explore what we have in common, not what divides us. The conference is attended by a wide range of individuals including researchers in academic and government agencies; service providers; family members; disability advocates and staff of federal, state and local government agencies. Many attendees are people with physical, mental health, sensory and cognitive disabilities. 

This talk in particular offers an illustration of how board members from the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) used the principles of behavior analysis to effectively advocate and achieve successful licensure of behavior analysis and state-wide autism insurance reform.