14/05/2015 - Kids Life and Times (KLT) and Young Life and Times (YLT) surveys were launched
14/05/2015 - Science of Teaching
29/04/2015 - Doctrid IV Conference a Great Success!
13/04/2015 - Lisa Ruddy, PhD Candidate at CBA, presents at EABG 2015.
13/04/2015 - Yini Liao, PhD Candidate at CBA, presenting in China.
13/04/2015 - Cakes and Celebrations on World Autism Awareness Day.
27/03/2015 - International Postgraduate student in China
20/03/2015 - Ian Walsh to present at upcoming ASME Annual Scientific Meeting, 2015.
30/01/2015 - Autism in the Air Flying High this Weekend
26/01/2015 - The Centre for Behaviour Analysis and the School of Education hosts the International DOCTRID Conference on 27th and 28th April, 2015.
12/01/2015 - Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) Training now enrolling for April 2015
28/11/2014 - We have take off! Autism in the Air launched!
20/11/2014 - PhD student at the Centre, Yini Liao, wins the Patrick Mc Crystal Poster Prize!
06/11/2014 - Call Irish Researchers (post-doc)
03/11/2014 - Rosie Gaw, PhD student at the Centre, presents two papers in Hawaii
30/10/2014 - Professor Karola Dillenburger advocates early diagnosis of autism in children
24/10/2014 - Employment and disability workshop
23/10/2014 - Prof Dillenburger meeting with DOCTRID
16/10/2014 - Centre for Behaviour Analysis receives PEAT Angel Award on behalf of QUB.
25/09/2014 - European Association for Behaviour Analysis (EABA) Conference in Stockholm
10/09/2014 - Prof Karola Dillenburger presenting Keynote address and Workshop at Conference on Quality of Life for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (9th edition) in Milan, Italy
Kids Life and Times (KLT) and Young Life and Times (YLT) surveys were launched. This is the first time that module dedicated to awareness, knowledge, and attitudes towards autism was included in these surveys. Prof Karola Dillenburger presented the key findings, that showed that 80% of 16 year-olds and 50% of 11 year-olds were aware of autism and 2.7% of the younger children and 3.1 of the young people self-declared as having autism. This confirmed findings from the secondary data analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study that found that parents of 3.5% of 11 year-olds were told that their child has autism. Download Research update here.
SCIENCE OF TEACHING offers a comprehensive guide for teachers, educators, and anyone else interested in human behavior on how learning occurs at a biological and environmental level. What shapes our behavior? How do our behaviors become reinforced? What are some useful techniques to help shape human behavior towards acquiring new skills and behaviours? How do we measure human behavior and what is the science behind teaching and learning? These are all questions which are addressed within this film. The film covers many sections ranging from the biological basis of learning, tools for educators, precision teaching and technology in the classroom. (Featuring Prof Karola Dillenburger, Director of Centre for Behaviour Analysis, QUB)
For video click here
The fourth Doctrid conference was held for the first time at Queen’s University Belfast and was attended by over 150 delegates over two days. We were delighted to welcome international speakers who travelled from the U.S, Brussels, Ireland and the U.K to share and collaborate. Parents, professionals and worldwide researchers all came together to discuss future research in autism and intellectual disability, listen to the views of service users and facilitate workshops on social inclusion and assistive technology. Two PhD candidates from the Centre of Behaviour Analysis presented posters on their current research; Caleb Coyle and Lisa Ruddy. Thank you to all who attended and helped organise this inspiring event. As one parent said, "Superb conference! - if only everyone would have such compassion, focus, desire to serve and work collaboratively.”
Lisa Ruddy recently presented at the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Conference in London. Her paper was part of the symposium for clinical applications of behaviour analysis and was titled , Reinforcing the testing routine – why behaviour analysts should design apps for diabetes management.
Yini Liao (PhD Candidate at CBA) delivered a workshop on Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) and autism to a group of parents in China.
Yini is currently at an ABA school for children with Autism, to collect data for her research which is a comparison between practices in the UK and China.
The Centre for Behaviour Analysis/Quart hosted a coffee and cake morning to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. Parents, professionals and children all enjoyed themselves (and ate lots of scrumptious cake!)
Yini Liao (PhD student at the Centre for Behaviour Analysis) is in China (during March and April 2015) at an ABA school for children with Autism, to collect data for her study to compare between ABA-based policies and practices in the UK and China (pictures with parental permission).
An abstract submitted by Ian Walsh and other authors from the Centre for Behaviour Analysis has been accepted as an oral presentation for the upcoming ASME conference. The ASME conference is an excellent opportunity to discuss innovations in medical and healthcare research. The paper entitled PrecisionTraining for Safe Intravenous Fluid Prescription, describes research undertaken with final year undergraduate medical students that used Precision Teaching (PT) to improve performance in safe intravenous fluid prescription.Results showed significant improvement in the fluency and accuracy in the study group who were instructed in the use of PT and SAFMEDS (Say All Fast Minute Every Day Shuffles) compared to the control group who used a standardised teaching method. The paper presentation will be part of the showcase of ‘What’s Hot in Learning and Teaching Innovations in Medical Education’.
A group of young children with autism had the chance to experience the airport this weekend with the support of the Autism in the Air project, (PEAT and CBA) . 10 children and their relatives were able to have a trial run of a holiday departure; going through security, getting on the plane and fastening their seat-belts.
Many parents of autistic children find travelling difficult and often avoid it or have to take separate holidays. The Autism in the Air team made a series of short videos that parents can show their child before a holiday, preparing them for all aspects of airport travel.
Read more here about our high fliers click Here
To view the Autism in the Air videos click Here
The 4th International DOCTRID conference will take place at Queen’s University Belfast on April 27th and 28th. The aim of the conference is to create a better understanding between researchers, caregivers, healthcare providers and people with ID and ASD to bring practical changes to people's lives, in particular through the use of Assistive Technology. This is the ideal opportunity for researchers, health care professionals, people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities and their families, to hear about current research and policy in this area.
To register for attendance please click here
Attendees can also avail of reduced cost accommodation which can be booked by clicking here
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Centre’s first RBT training course, beginning on January 19th, is now FULLY booked. Enrolment will open soon, however, for the next course, beginning in April. You can book a place here.
The Registered Behaviour Technician training covers the full 40 hours curriculum based on the RBT Task List and is delivered online. The course is part of the Open Learning Programme at the School of Education and is University accredited for 20 CATS points at Level 1. Each student will also receive a full licence for Simple Steps, the online, multi-media platform for the treatment of autism using the science of ABA.
Children with autism, parents, professionals and academics attended the launch of Autism in the Air on November 3rd. The series of short films, created to help prepare children with autism before travelling, will support over 20,000 individuals living with autism in Northern Ireland. The videos which are available on the Belfast City Airport website, will prepare and allow children to become familiar with aspects of air travel before they go on their trip. Watching the videos will ease concerns and worries a child may have about an upcoming holiday or plane journey.
Read more here
At the recent Child Care Research Forum conference held by the Institute of Child Care research (QUB), Yini Liao won the Patrick McCrystal poster prize. The conference, Made in Northern Ireland, explored themes of innovation and how it affects research policy and practice. Yini’s winning poster described her current research on the practice of ABA for ASD in the UK and in China. We’re all very proud of her!
To read more about her research here
Would you like to contribute to Technology and Autism/Disability Research at Centre for Behaviour Analysis/QUB through an ASSISTID Fellowship? Applications welcome from all disciplines. Here are some of our ideas, but feel free to get in touch with your own ideas. Apply now!
Rosie Gaw, PhD student at the Centre, presents two papers in Hawaii click here for more details. Rosie gave a presentation on TAGTeach and her current research on Equine assisted therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Hawaii Association of Behaviour Analysis Conference. She was also invited to present a workshop and share her expertise in TAGTeach. It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet Julie Vargas, Amanda Kelly (Behaviorbabe) and even Skinner himself! You can read more about Rosie’s research here
Prof Dillenburger discusses the importance of early diagnosis of autism in a recently published article in The Conversation.
In ‘Why early diagnosis of autism in children is a good thing', the importance of early diagnosis and the benefits of early intensive applied behaviour analytic interventions, are highlighted. Professor Dillenburger discusses the need for diagnoses and interventions to start earlier as ‘the detrimental long-term outcome of late diagnosis and lack of early intensive intervention is clear.'
Workshop with Lynnae Ruttledge raised issues about policies and practices of employment for individuals with disabilities.
Over 60 delegates included individuals with disabilities, policy makers, voluntary sector, and academia were inspired to think more positively and be more ambitious for individuals with disabilities to be able to gain employment in the open market. Policy issues as well as practical ways ahead were discussed.
(the video is available at here under videos/resources)
Prof Dillenburger attended DOCTRID Institute meeting in Dublin to discuss ASSITID fellowships, prepare for DOCTRID IV conference at QUB in 2015, and forward plan US Ireland based research. For more information click here
Pictured fl; Donna Leahy, Prof Brian Harvey (DOCTRID), Prof Mike Leahy and Prof Ian Grey (Michigan State University), Prof Karola Dillenburger (QUB)
In addition to launching their new website (www.peatni.org) in Belfast City Hall on 22 Sept 2014, PEAT hosted the first ever Angel Awards to give recognition to those involved with the charity. Recipients included our collaborative partners Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, our Business Partner Manleys and our parents for their dissemination and dedication to ABA and the hard work with their children applying the science.
Pictured from left to right are Jodie Mc Bride, Lester Manley, Eithne Mc Verry, Laura Collins, Professor Tony Byrne, Professor Mickey Keenan, Louise O'Neill and Roy Mc Bride.
CBA represented at highly successful European Association for Behaviour Analysis (EABA) Conference in Stockholm, Sweden (10-13 Sept. 2014).
Dr Katerina Dounavi (Course co-ordinator of the MScABA, including BACB approved course sequence) presented a number of posters and gave a presentation about behaviour-analytic teaching protocols for developing theory of mind skills in children with a variety of intellectual, communication and developmental disorders.
Lisa Ruddy (PhD candidate, DEL Strategic Studentship) presented a paper about her work on Apps, autism and ABA and asked: How effectively can apps enhance social and communicative skills in children with ASD?
Smita Awasthi (PhD candidate, Behaviour Momentum, India) presented a poster about inducing MO-driven first instances of speech in non-vocal children with autism and gave a presentation about behavioural interventions to treat phonological disorders in children with autism.
Prof Karola Dillenburger (Course co-ordinator of the MScASD, Treasurer of EABA) gave a talk about the Millennium child with autism and outlined good reasons for behaviour analysts to make a foray into the research methodology jungle.
Overall, the conference was a great success with 250 delegates from 22 different countries from across the world attending. This is a bi-annual event, More details about the EABA can be found here.
Prof Karola Dillenburger presenting Keynote address and Workshop at Conference on Quality of Life for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (9th edition) in Milan, Italy. The conference was organised by Fondazione Sospiro, IESCUM (ABA-BACB Italian Chapter group), the Italian Association for the Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and SINPIA (National Association of child psychiatrist). Karola's Keynote Address entitled Evidence based practice and Autism Spectrum Disorders was attended by 500+ delegates. Karola's (3 1/2 hours) Workshop was entitled Science in the treatment of autism: Simple Steps and was attended by 200+ delegates. Pictured with organisers fl: Prof Serafino Corti, Prof. Mauro Leoni, Prof. Dillenburger, Prof. Paolo Moderato