17/12/2015 - PhD DEL studentships awards available
30/11/2015 - CBA present poster at HCBA conference, Athens
11/11/2015 - Centre for Behaviour Analysis take part in first Team meeting in Osnarbrück, Germany
11/11/2015 - 4th CBA/QUART conference a great success
30/10/2015 - The first Autism Therapy and Rehabilitation conference was held in Beijing, China in Sept 2015
30/10/2015 - Stars Hope School in Beijing, China is an ABA-based school for children with autism
30/10/2015 - In China, near Mt Fuji, Prof Karola Dillenburger and a group of delegates from ABAI, BACB, and MultiABA met with the Mayor of Izu City
26/10/2015 - ABA and autism workshops in Slovakia and Czech Republic
22/10/2015 - Dr Katerina Dounavi visited Futuroschool in Paris (Vaincre L’Autisme)
14/10/2015 - Prof Karel Pančocha Vice-dean for Strategy and International Relations and Head of Institute of Special Education at Masaryk University in Brno visits
02/09/2015 - The Use of Video Self-Modeling Intervention to Toilet Train Children With Autism
02/09/2015 - Combinations of Prompt and Target Response Modalities and Their Impact on Emergent Relations and Teaching Efficiency
01/09/2015 - Why reinvent the wheel? A behaviour analyst's reflections on pedagogy for inclusion for students with intellectual and developmental disability
01/09/2015 - Brno, Czech Republic
15/07/2015- 1st Summer School organised by EABA in beautiful Rethymno, Crete
03/07/2015 - Prof. Karola Dillenburger contributed to a brief video on the benefits of writing an article for The Conversation
09/06/2015 - Yini Liao, Doctoral student at CBA had her oral presentation at the All-Ireland Conference for Doctoral Researchers
We are happy to discuss any ABA-related ideas with you to help you develop a strong proposal. We would welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates who are interested in pursuing doctoral study in the broad area of educational enhancement through the application of behaviour analysis.
One potential project idea:
Programmed Instruction in the inclusive classroom
Prof Karola Dillenburger would like to hear from prospective students who would like to work on Programmed Instruction in the inclusive classroom. Programmed Instruction was a widely used evidence-based educational methodology that seems to have lost favour within current educational philosophies. This proposal argues that ‘the baby was thrown out with the bathwater’. Programmed Instruction is a particularly effective teaching methodology that focuses on the individual learner. Progress is entirely pupil-led and teaching can be adjusted to individual needs. This makes Programmed Instruction potentially a very useful tool in the inclusive classroom.
In addition, the rise of the use of technology in the classroom means that Programmed Instruction is making a comeback, all be it under different guises, i.e. in the form of a vast variety of apps. This proposal aims to 1) conduct a thorough systematic review of the literature around Programmed Instruction; 2) review how Programmed Instruction is used in today’s inclusive classrooms; 3) collect evidence for (or against) the use of Programmed Instruction in inclusive classrooms by using a number of single-system design studies; 4) make recommendations for teachers and school principals in the use of modern day technology for inclusive classrooms.
In designing the proposal, it is important to take account of the following: the current policy context for inclusive education; a review of current educational philosophies and how they have changed over the years; a systematic review of the literature on Programmed instruction and inclusion; a number of small single-system design studies that implement and evaluate Programmed Instruction in inclusive classrooms to develop appropriate methods for larger scale roll-out; discussion and conclusions that form the basis of recommendations for teachers and school principals. The research methodology section should outline a clear rationale for the methods selected.
Other research ideas are also welcome.
Your research proposal should not be more than 2000 words (maximum) in length (excluding references). Proposals must include references to academic literature and provide evidence of academic reading within the research field including a paragraph on any ethical issues that are likely to arise in the course of the research. All applicants must contact the relevant named project director prior to submitting their application and proposal.
Contact: Prof Karola Dillenburger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Katerina Dounavi (email@example.com) for further information about potential applications.
Notes: These studentships are available to candidates who wish to enrol on a full time basis and who meet resident’s criteria for studentships [ie funding awards].
Please note that funding is limited and the process is competitive. Applicants for DEL funding should get in touch with potential superviors before they apply for a place on the PhD programme via the University's online application system and indicate that they wish to be considered for a DEL PhD award.
For information on funded doctoral study visit the Doctoral Research Centre pages on the School of Education website
A poster entitled “The inclusion of children with ASD in mainstream school settings: Effective applications informed by behaviour analysis” was presented by María José Pujante Rodenas and Dr Katerina Dounavi (CBA) at the 2nd conference of the Hellenic Community for Behaviour Analysis held in Athens (Greece) on the 28 and 29 November.
Centre for Behaviour Analysis take part in first Team meeting in Osnarbrück, Germany, of Erasmus+ Project to develop a standarised European qualification for Job Coaches for Persons with disabilities. Team members are from Germany, France, Poland, Netherlands and the UK. Most teams represent large scale employment support agencies.
Multidisciplinary work in autism was the topic of the 4th CBA/QUART conference held at the Whitla Hall, QUB on 6 Nov 2015. The conference addressed the question: How can behaviour analysis help? This all-day conference set local experience and expertise into international context. International keynote speakers demonstrated how behaviour analysis can be utilised to enhance multidisciplinary work in Autism for a range of different professions, including clinical psychology, speech and language therapy, nursing, teaching, and psychiatry. Keynote Speakers were
Professor Dr med. Hanns Rüdiger Röttgers, Psychiatrist; Uni. of Appl. Science, Germany;
Dr Javier Virues-Ortega, Clinical Psychologist, BCBA-D ; Auckland University, New Zealand;
Patrick McCormack, School’s principal/parent of child with autism.
Bethan Mair Williams, Speech and Language Therapist BCBA;
Liam McDermot, Nurse, Western Health and Social care Trust, Northern Ireland.
BACB Continued Education Units were offered free of charge.
Videos of keynote addresses are soon to be available here on the Centre for Behaviour Analysis video and resources page.
Watch the BBC1 Breakfast news https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvNGDjDKsB4
The first Autism Therapy and Rehabilitation conference was held in Beijing, China in Sept 2015. The conference was organised by parents after they met our PhD student Yini Liao when she was in Beijing to collect data for her PhD. The parents wanted to hear more about ABA and invited Prof Prof Karola Dillenburger from CBA and other speakers to a packed conference hall of over 250 delegates. Meetings were also held with local Universities to discuss training in ABA and autism
Stars Hope School in Beijing, China is an ABA-based school for children with autism. It caters for approx 60 children, who are taught a primary school curriculum. Each child is accompanied for all lessons by a caregiver, often the parent or grandparent who is the child’s individual therapist while the teacher teaches the whole class (of 3-8 children). Parent/caregiver training is carried out on a weekly basis. Stars Hope was one of the research sites for PhD student Yini Liao, who is conducting a comparative study of early intensive behaviour analytic intervention between China and the UK.
In China, near Mt Fuji, Prof Karola Dillenburger and a group of delegates from ABAI, BACB, and MultiABA met with the Mayor of Izu City, honorable Kikuchi, who is very enthusiastic about collaborating with international organizations such as multiABA to facilitate behavior analytic services and caregiver training for the much needed populations, young and old. Mayor Kikuch spoke fluent German with two of our BCBA-Ds! He was particularly interested to hear about behavioural gerontology. The meeting was followed by a press conference. (picture of one of two newspaper articles in Japanese Newspaper)
Prof Karola Dillenburger delivered ABA workshops in Bratislava, Slovakia and Brno, Czech Republic, attend by at total of over 600 parents, professionals and government representatives who wanted to hear about the evidence for Applied Behaviour Analysis(ABA) based interventions to support individuals and families with autism. Also discussed were the need for University based internationally accredited training and collaborations were developed further BACB approved University training in ABA in both countries and to have student and staff exchanges with Slovakia and Czech Republic Universities.
Dr Katerina Dounavi visited Futuroschool in Paris (Vaincre L’Autisme) to provide training and supervision to a group of new professionals joining the team as well as to oversee children’s programming and speak with families. Futuroschool in Paris is an ABA-based centre that has pioneered education for children, teenagers and adults with ASD in France.
Prof Karel Pancocha Vice-dean for Strategy and International Relations and Head of Institute of Special Education at Masaryk University in Brno, Czeck Republic was visiting the Centre for Behaviour Analysis from 12-16 Oct 2015 to discuss collaborations in setting up ABA training and joint research at Masaryk University. He delivered a very informative workshop about autism in the Czech Republic and discussed parallels and differences in service delivery between Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. The workshop was attended by approx 30 students from the MScASD and the MScABA, professionals from early years, SENCOs and SureStart, and parents of sons/daughters with autism.
A discussion on the symposium entitled “The Use of Video Self-Modeling Intervention to Toilet Train Children With Autism” was offered by Prof Karola Dillenburger at the 8th International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International that took place in Kyoto, Japan between the 27-29 September 2015.
A poster entitled “Combinations of Prompt and Target Response Modalities and Their Impact on Emergent Relations and Teaching Efficiency” was presented by Dr Katerina Dounavi, Prof Mickey Keenan and Prof Karola Dillenburger at the 8th International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International that took place in Kyoto, Japan between the 27-29 September 2015.
(Abstract) The number of children identified as having intellectual or developmental disability is rising worldwide and their education has been found wanting. It has been said that “they simply need better teaching.” At the same time, there is an increasing evidence base that pedagogy that is based on the discipline of behaviour analysis offers the best prospect for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. On the basis of this evidence, it is proposed that behaviour analysis should be applied more broadly to improve teaching for all children with intellectual or developmental disability.
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Professor Karola Dillenburger has been invited to participate in the first ABA and Autism workshop for parents and professionals in October 2015. The workshop is organised by The Institute for Research in Inclusive Education, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brne, in collaboration with Platform Hope for Autism. Title of the workshop: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) - principles and possibilities for individuals with autism. Other speakers include the Czech Ministry of Education (TBC) and Ministry of Health (TBC); Professor Mickey Keenan (BCBA-D) Ulster University and Zuzana Mastenova (BCBA) from Bratislava, Slovakia
Lecture delivered by Dr Katerina Dounavi on Verbal Behaviour. An excellent group of highly motivated and knowledgeable students attended the classes!
Prof. Karola Dillenburger contributed to a brief video on the benefits of writing an article for The Conversation. The video was created by QUB Communications and External Affairs. Prof Dillenburger's recent article "Why early diagnosis of autism is a good thing" was shared about 300 times on Facebook, Twitter and linkedin, received over 40 comments, and was picked up by BBC News Northern Ireland link to BBC news article here
Link to the QUB The conversation site: The Mediator link
Yini Liao, Doctoral student at CBA had her oral presentation at the All-Ireland Conference for Doctoral Researchers in Education 2015 at University College Dublin on 5 June, 2015. The theme of the conference was 'SYNERGIES, EXPLORATIONS AND CONTESTATIONS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH: PERSPECTIVES FROM DOCTORAL RESEARCH ON EDUCATION IN IRELAND.' For more about this conference, please click here