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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
07/06/2015 - Craig Goodall, member of the CBA steering group and teacher at Loughshore Education Centre, Belfast publishes paper
07/06/2015 - Mickey Keenan -Awards for International Dissemination of Behaviour Analysis (2015)
07/06/2015 - ABA International Conference San Antonio
02/06/2015 - Autism in the Air - Practical Event a Great Success!
28/05/2015 - Workshop: Adults with autism: Teaching employment based skills. Dr Angelika Anderson, Monash University Melbourne, Australia
27/05/2015 - Poster presented by Smita Awasthi, PhD candidate at CBA at 41st ABA International Conference San Antonio. TX
27/05/2015 - Yini Liao (PhD candidate at Centre for Behaviour Analysis) poster shortlisted for Graduate School Postgraduate Research Poster Competition.
27/05/2015 - Dr Katerina Dounavi presents at the Annual International Conference in Education, May 2017. Greece.
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

Prof. Karola Dillenburger contributed to a brief video on the benefits of writing an article for The Conversation

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
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Yini Liao, Doctoral student at CBA had her oral presentation at the All-Ireland Conference for Doctoral Researchers

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

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Craig Goodall, member of the CBA steering group and teacher at Loughshore Education Centre, Belfast publishes paper

Craig Goodall, member of the CBA steering group and teacher at Loughshore Education Centre, Belfast publishes paper arguing for the rights of children with ASD to effective education. 'The efficacy of mainstream inclusion is explored, identifying the position that a 'one size fits all' model of education is not appropriate for all children with ASD.'
For further information click here

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Mickey Keenan -Awards for International Dissemination of Behaviour Analysis (2015)

We are delighted to announce that Mickey Keenan, has received the prestigious award of International Dissemination of Behaviour Analysis due to his unwavering effort with the STAMPP project.  Dr Keenan led a project funded by the European Union to develop an online set of applied behaviour analysis resources called Simple Steps: A Multimedia Package for Parents and Professionals and then translate it into seven European languages.

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ABA International Conference San Antonio

Smita Awasthi represents QUB/ Centre of Behaviour Analysis with a poster of her research at the 41st Annual Convention of ABAI is taking place in Texas. Smita is presenting two posters on her research.

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Autism in the Air - Practical Event a Great Success!


Yesterday a group of children and their parents visited Belfast City Airport. In collaboration with Aer Lingus, PEAT and the Centre for Behaviour Analysis the visit offered the children a full airport experience; going through security, checking in with their boarding passes, boarding the plane and even trying out life jackets and oxygen masks. Lisa Ruddy, PhD Candidate at the CBA said of the event, ‘The children got to experience every aspect of plane travel, from removing their shoes at security to fastening their seatbelts on the plane. We had lots of practice at waiting, queueing and a few inspections of the airplane toilet! It was a great success and really beneficial for families who have holidays booked for the summer’.  Autism in the Air have also produced four corresponding online videos for families to access anytime. Videos can be viewed here

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Workshop: Adults with autism: Teaching employment based skills. Dr Angelika Anderson, Monash University Melbourne, Australia

Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty gaining and maintaining employment. This workshop explored the use of technology in training adults with autism to learn new skills and to manage themselves in a work environment. The project broadly consists of two parts: 1. Creating a safe and predictable context to facilitate participation and engagement; 2. Teaching job-specific skills to adults with ASD using modelling and self-prompting procedures. Results across four participants indicate that in vivo and video-modelling techniques can both be differentially effective in teaching a range of vocational (gardening, packaging, delivery and web management) and social communicative skills, while skill difficulty, task preference and participant heterogeneity all appear to play mediating roles in skill acquisition. This presentation describes the context of the project as a whole, including the vision of the not-for-profit social enterprise ‘EdAble’. 

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Poster presented by Smita Awasthi, PhD candidate at CBA at 41st ABA International Conference San Antonio. TX

Poster of research by Smita Awasthi, with Karola Dillenburger & Sridhar Aravamudhan: Sufficient –response-exemplar training has been used successfully to typically developing children to articulate several Norwegian words with difficult blends (Eikeseth S. & Nesset 2003). The present study extends and adapts these procedures for children with autism. One girl and 3 boys aged between 7 and 16 years in the autism spectrum participated in the study. Two of the children had a co-ocurring diagnoses of apraxia. The study examined if sufficient-response-exemplar-training  would improve articulation in children with autism. In addition stimulus salience, shaping, chaining and supplementary prompts were also added to the intervention. A multiple baseline across behaviors (word sets targeted) design was used. Results showed  improvement in articulating words and sounds all three participants. Two word sets improved after training for one participant while for two particpants training in one set had generalization effects on other word sets and sounds.  

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Yini Liao (PhD candidate at Centre for Behaviour Analysis) poster shortlisted for Graduate School Postgraduate Research Poster Competition.

The posters received by the School of Education by the due date were independently reviewed by 3 members of staff associated with the DRC. Yini's poster was shortlisted to go forward from the School of Education.

The posters will be displayed on the 1st floor of The Graduate School for week beginning Monday 25th May and the actual competition will take place on Wednesday 27th May from 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

To see the full-size poster click here

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Dr Katerina Dounavi presents at the Annual International Conference in Education, May 2017. Greece.

Dr Katerina Dounavi, Deputy Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, presented a paper at the ATINER conference in Athens.  Entitled, Autism and ABA: The Gulf Between North America and Europe, and co-written with Karola Dillenburger and Mickey Keenan, the paper discusses the differences in treatment of autism in Europe compared to North America.

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Kids Life and Times (KLT) and Young Life and Times (YLT) surveys were launched

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.

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Science of Teaching

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

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Doctrid IV Conference a Great Success!


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.”

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Lisa Ruddy, PhD Candidate at CBA, presents at EABG 2015.

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. 

 

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Yini Liao, PhD Candidate at CBA, presenting in China.


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.

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Cakes and Celebrations on World Autism Awareness Day.

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!)

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International Postgraduate student in China

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). 

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Ian Walsh to present at upcoming ASME Annual Scientific Meeting, 2015.

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’. 

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Autism in the Air Flying High this Weekend


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

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The Centre for Behaviour Analysis and the School of Education hosts the International DOCTRID Conference on 27th and 28th April, 2015.

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!

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Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) Training now enrolling for April 2015.

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.

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