15/04/2014 - WAAD training workshop
15/04/2014 - Dr Ian Cantley, Lecturer in Education (Mathematics), has joined the Centre for Behaviour Analysis
15/04/2014 - Professor Karola Dillenburger to teach on German Masters in Clinical Casework
09/04/2014 - CBA research project with Solas
04/04/2014 - The 2nd April was declared World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) by the WHO and is marked worldwide by Autism Speaks Light in up Blue Campaign.
01/03/2014 - Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) training curriculum offered by CBA.
03/03/2014 - Aggression Replacement Training 3-day workshop huge success.
17/02/2014 - Behaviour Analysis for Effective Teaching
14/02/2014 - CBA associate Professor Mickey Keenan(UU) has been awarded the Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award (2014). Mickey is the first non-US recipient of this prestigious award
11/02/2014 - Yini Liao joins CBA on a prestigious Queen's University/China Scholarship
06/02/2014 - Futuroschool in Paris
14/01/2014 - Open Learning Course (Spring 2014):Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
17/12/2013 - New CBA Journal Article
27/11/2013 - Available now…An important new book from Russell House Publishing
22/11/2013 - CBA exhibit part of Naughton Gallery Changing Lives
18/11/2013 - 3rd CBA/QUART Conference discussed in Assembly:
08/11/2013 - CBA celebrating International Day of People with Disability
24/10/2013 - QUB becomes partner in all Ireland DOCTRID Institute
24/10/2013 - The DOCTRID Institute
17/10/2013 - BASE Project Update
11/10/2013 - 7th International conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis- International (ABAI) Conference in Merida, Mexico.
04/10/2013 - CBA invited to present work of CBA to Michaelangelo project in Brussels
04/10/2013 - Minister Edwin Poots speaks at major Centre for Behaviour Analysis event
25/08/2013 - 3rd QUART Conference Report
25/09/2013 - MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (MScABA)
25/09/2013 - Promoting Inclusion, preventing exclusion: Training workshops (2013-2016)
25/09/2013 - Educational Inclusion for young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
25/09/2013 - Social Skills Training Programmes for 15-20 year olds with a diagnosis of Autism
WAAD training workshop ‘Tools for achieving social confidence for children and young people with autism’ was held on Friday 11th in collaboration with the PEAT. The event was attended by both parents and professionals and was a great success. With a full house, comments included ‘Clear course content with concrete examples and useful strategies to use immediately’, ‘Excellent and engaging’, Excellent and very practical’.
After 16 years as a Mathematics teacher and Head of Mathematics, Ian joined the School of Education in August 2013 as coordinator of the PGCE Mathematics programme. His doctorate was in the Philosophy of Education and his current research interests include the unification of aspects of Wittgenstein’s later philosophy with radical behaviourism, the mathematical and philosophical foundations of educational measurement models and Mathematics education. Recently, Dr (Ian) Cantley presented a paper entitled “Implications of Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy for Learning and Teaching” at the 49th annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, which was held at New College, Oxford, from 28th to 30th March 2014.
Karola is a Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany and will deliver a module on 'Autismtherapies'. The long-standing collaboration with the German University started in 2000 and since then the German Profs Bernhard Brugger and Hanns-Rüdiger Röttegers have been partners in the STAMPPP project, including the translation of SIMPLE STEPS into 8 European languages, e.g., German, Spanish, Norwegian, Italian, Icelandic, Dutch and Swedish.
During her stay Karola will visit the Münster Intensive Autism Interventions (MIA) project and deliver a 2-day workshop to the Masters class.
CBA identified as knowledge provider for Innovation Voucher with SolasBT7. Together we will develop an easy-to-use baseline assessment tool for the children who attend Solas after school's clubs.
For the first time, Belfast City Hall was lit up blue this year to raise international awareness of autism as a growing public health crisis. Following up on an idea from CBA Director Prof Karola Dillenburger, PEAT approached Belfast City Hall with the idea and was delighted that they approved their request to join this global campaign and show the world that Northern Ireland is an inclusive and cohesive place for autism.
Pictured (fl) Deputy Director of Centre for Behaviour Analysis, Dr Katerina Dounavi, with Nichola Booth from PEAT, Dr Stephen Gallagher from University of Ulster, and representatives from SolasBT7 charity and Snowflakes Belfast.
The RBT curriculum (40 Hours) is covered in the module "Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change". This module is part of the MScASD and the MScABA and can be taken as stand-along module (20CATS).
The BACB’s RBT Task List includes the core tasks that are likely to be performed by behaviour technicians, organized in the following areas: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behaviour Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. The task list covers tasks that a behaviour technician will perform with some, but probably not all, clients. We acknowledge that the task list might not include some tasks that a behaviour technician would be expected to perform by a supervisor. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to determine which additional tasks behaviour technicians may perform as a function of their competence.
The RBT is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA (“Designated RBT supervisor”). The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behaviour-reduction plans developed by the supervisor. The RBT may also collect data and conduct certain types of assessments (e.g., stimulus preference assessments). The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the Designated RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The RBT’s supervisor is ultimately responsible for the work performed by the RBT.
Get in touch for more information, link to BACB here.
Aggression Replacement Training (ART) offers a comprehensive intervention program designed to teach adolescents to understand and replace aggression and antisocial behavior with positive alternatives. ART provides a coordinated, three-part training approach:
* Prosocial Skills * Anger Control * Moral Reasoning
At the workshops Dr Børge Strømgren discusses recent applications in schools and other settings, conducted role-plays and exercises and summarised ART's outcome evaluations. Participants included teachers, other education, health and social care staff, students and parents of adolescents with ASD. The workshop attracted considerable levels of media attention, including an article to be expected in the Northern Ireland Health Review. Participant feedback was excellent:
"Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop. It was so interesting and exciting and offered lots to think about and also try and implement here at home! Everyone was so open and warm also, lovely new people to meet and it was such a nice atmosphere. It was just Borgeous." (email received after workshop).
"It gave such a broad range of possibilities for intervention. This workshop will put me in good stead for implementing current and future behavioural interventions. Much appreciated Borge!" (FB comment).
"I shall find the material invaluable. I have been asked to give a short presentation in one of my schools about the ART sessions as I have been telling everyone how brilliant it is." (Email received after workshop).
Click here to go to the International Center for Aggression Replacement Training Skills page.
Workshop “Behaviour Analysis for Effective Teaching” for teachers, parents, and health and social care staff was delivered by CBA Deputy Director Dr Katerina Dounavi. This workshop was supported by the Big Lottery Fund and formed part of the CBA collaboration with Parents Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT) and UU in a large-scale project to prevent exclusion and promote inclusion in education for young people with autism spectrum disorder. Apart from parent and staff training, the project also includes social skills groups, individual work, and development of assistive technology. Find more information on the overall project here
Award Description: The BACB honors annually an individual distinguished for their contributions to advance the science of and/or champion behavior analysis in memory of the life and contributions of Michael Hemingway. Mr. Hemingway was a founding member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). He worked for the statewide Developmental Services Office of the Florida Department of Children and Families for 17 years. Mr. Hemingway worked closely with Dr. Jerry Shook and was instrumental in designing and developing the Florida Behavior Analyst Certification. Later, he contributed to the Behavior Analyst Certification Program, which has evolved to an international certification. He furthered the behavior analysis field beyond developmental disabilities, to areas including child welfare and mental health. Michael left us early. He was an extraordinary colleague and human being with a special devotion to behavior analysis. His legacy to our field has been ensuring that behavior analysis services are provided with integrity and quality to individuals with behavioral needs.
Past Recipients of this Award: Dr. Saul Axelrod, BCBA-D, Temple University; Dr. Sigrid Glenn, BCBA-D, University of North Texas; Ms. Lorri Unumb, Esq., Vice President for State and Governmental Affairs, Autism Speaks; Dr. Fran Warkomski, BCBA-D, Florida Institute of Technology; Mr. Richard Blumenthal, Esq., Attorney General of the State of Connecticut; Dr. Greg Wagner, state of California Developmental Services (ret.); posthumously, Dr. Jerry Shook, BCBA-D; and Representative John Scibak of Massachusetts. These individuals have displayed extraordinary commitment to behavior analysis and/or have made exemplary contributions to assist others in obtaining the most appropriate services.
Yini Liao joins CBA on a prestigious Queen's University/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship. Yini, originally from Hunan, China, earned her Bachelor Degree in Law in Social Work from Huazhong Agricultural University, China and her Masters by research in social work from the University of York. At CBA, Yini's research focusses on Intensive behavioural interventions in ASD: A comparison between Chinese and UK practices.. She will explore how policies and practices in the application of Intensive Early Intensive Behavioural Interventions (EIBI) for ASD differ across countries and focus on the differences and similarities between Chinese and UK applications of behaviour analytically based interventions with young children with ASD.
Dr Katerina Dounavi (CBA) conducts an on-site supervision at Futuroschool in Paris (Vaincre L'autisme), to work with a highly motivated team of professionals providing quality ABA-based services to children with autism and other developmental disorders.
This five week course will provide participants with an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and provide practical strategies to address some of the behavioural issues that can arise. We will learn how to understand and address behaviours of individuals with autism to help them overcome barriers to inclusion. All interventions and strategies will be based on the principles of the Science of behaviour analysis.
These helping strategies will be taught in a practical interactive way, using multimedia training resources, so that participants can utilise them at home or work settings.
This course is delivered by SOE Open Learning Programme in collaboration with the Centre for Behaviour Analysis and the PEAT Charity. The course is taught by Nichola Booth (BCBA).
The course is delivered in 5 evening sessions (2 hours each) and is accredited at 5 CATS points following completion of a multiple-choice test at the end of the course.
Further information about the Open Learning Programme and Course Enrolment can be obtained by clicking here
CBA just published an article on Behaviour Analysis and Evidence-based Education in the journal Effective Education. More information can be found here
Child neglect and behavioural parent education Research and practice
By Benny McDaniel & Karola Dillenburger ISBN: 978-1-905541-91-1
Although it is much more common than other forms of child maltreatment,
such as physical or sexual abuse, child neglect has received much less public attention.
At a time when evidence-based practice is demanded in all areas of education,
health and social care, there is surprisingly little empirical evidence on interventions that specifically address the management and prevention of child neglect.
Addressing this gap, this book explains how behaviour-analytic parent education can be used to develop individualised programmes to help parents - particularly those who are vulnerable due to having grown up in State care, having intellectual disabilities, or being young first-time parents - to care for their babies or young children.
The book outlines the well-established knowledge base and methods of behaviour-analytic interventions and guides workers on how to develop individualized programmes that can be evaluated by practitioners, using single-system research designs.
The authors show how to link the programmes with various commonly used parent education techniques in ways that:
? offer a transparent and accountable way of working ? are culturally-sensitive and promote service user involvement ? allow expectations of parents to be clearly outlined and progress to be evidenced ? reinforce parents’ strengths rather than focusing on deficits ? help create positive collaborative relationships ? allow working methods to be adapted quickly to ensure that they are effective in achieving the agreed goals ? enable and empower workers and parents in any context.
Dr Benny McDaniel spent many years managing a residential family assessment unit for Barnardo’s in Northern Ireland and educated many family and child care teams throughout the UK, using methods described in this book.
Professor Karola Dillenburger is an internationally respected educator and researcher and has used methods described here to educate parents in international contexts, including Europe, Australia and India.
They share over 40 years of combined research and practice experience in this book, in theoretical as well as practical explanations. Their individual data collection instruments and assessment checklists are included in the useful and adaptable Practice Tools that are also provided in the book and can be obtained in PDF and Word formats from links provided.
Child care social workers, parent educators, and other professionals committed to safeguarding children from neglect will find here help for their work with all parents. Academics and policy-makers will see how a behaviour-analytic knowledge base can inform both practice and research.
The non-prescriptive approach and its emphasis on adaptability mean this book can be used in study and practice anywhere.
You can obtain Child neglect and behavioural parent education by clicking here
This beautiful patchwork cushion was made by Dorothy Reilly, wife of James Reilly, Minister for Health, ROI. Their son, Jamie Reilly graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2012 with a Masters in Biotechnology. Having been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at 3 years of age his future looked bleak; he was non-verbal and thought to have an intellectual disability. Early on Dorothy worked very hard to teach Jamie as much as she could. She consulted with applied behaviour analysts (ABA) and Jamie started to talk when he was 5 and entered mainstream education at age 11. He went on to achieve 525 out of 600 points in the leaving cert, with an A1 in English and Biology and earned an honours degree in Genetics in Trinity College, Dublin.
Dorothy Reilly made this cushion as a personal gift to Professor Karola Dillenburger in appreciation for her work for people with ASD.
Link to Naughton Gallery Exhibitions here
Since the Minister's opening address at the CBA/QUART conference in the Whitla Hall on Sept 2013, ABA has been discussed in a follow-up question when Mr Sammy Douglas MBE, MCA (MLA) asked Minister Edwin Poots:
"To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has any plans to introduce Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment for children with autism, following his address at the 3rd Quart Conference at Queen’s University, Belfast in September 2013."
link to: Sammy Douglas information and click the Assembly Questions link (AQW 27669/11-15)
The Minister's opening address as well as other keynote speakers including Autism Speak's Lorri Unumb can be viewed here
CBA celebrating International Day of People with Disability with a workshop entitled: Behaviour management in the Classroom aimed at Parents, Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Nursery teachers and assistants living and working with Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are many children with autism in mainstream schools. Teachers often report difficulties in managing inappropriate and challenging behaviours in the classroom impacting on teaching time and other children. This workshop will help address these issues by providing delegates with strategies and recommendations on how to manage the most common behaviour issues in the classroom and help children with autism integrate fully in their classroom setting.
Facilitated by Nichola Booth, BCBA. Nichola currently works for the PEAT charity providing training and support to parents and professionals across the province. She is a guest lecturer at Queen’s University on the MScASD and has many years practical experience in working with individuals with autism.
The workshop is supported by the Big Lottery and organised in collaboration with PEAT Charity.
For further details please see are events page, specifically Event 2 under the title Training for Teachers and Parents living and working with Autism Spectrum Disorder 2013-14
QUB becomes partner in all Ireland DOCTRID Institute, Prof Karola Dillenburger signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DOCTRID Institute at the DOCTRID III conference in Dublin on 15 OCt 2013. DOCTRID stands for Daughters of Charity Technology Research into Intellectual Disability and is an interdisciplinary research institute for intellectual disabilities: The DOCTRID Research Institute was established by the Daughters of Charity (DOC), reaching out to the people at the margins of our society. They contribute to the provision of Child and Family Services, Pre-Schools, Education, Specialised Services for Young People, Services for People with Intellectual Disability, Health Care Services, Services for Older People, Services in Parishes, Family Resource Centres, Services for People who are Homeless, Vincentian Partnership Programmes, Mission Outreaches, Marian Services, Services to the wider Community and Provincial Administration.
In the picture, Prof. Karola Dillenburger is signing the MOU on behalf of QUB. With her are Sr Zoe Killeen and Mr. Dermot Desmond, a leading businessman and Chairman of RESPECT, the fundraising arm of DOC.
The DOCTRID Institute is a collaboration of DOC with the support of all Irish Universities (North and South), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Michigan State University (MSU) and University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) from the U.SA. Professor Brian Harvey of the RSCI is the Director of Research.
The DOCTRID Institute recently secured an ambitious FP7 Marie Curie COFUND grant (ASSISTID) that will fund 40 postdoctoral research fellows on 2-3 year contracts over the next 5 years. The first call for applications to become a DOCTRID Research Fellow will be open in Jan 2014. Anyone interested in the programme at QUB, please contact the CBA team.
For Further information on DOCTRID click here doctrid.ie
BASE Project update to OFMDFM Project management Dr Julie-Ann Jordan and Prof Karola Dillenburger reported progress of the BASE Project to the OFMDFM Project management board on 17 Oct 2013. Board members included Bernie Redmond, Mental Health/Disability/Older People Directorate (DHSSPS) and lead of the Autism Strategy Group and from the OFMDFM: Janis Scallon, Principal Statistician and Michael Thompson, Deputy Principal Statistician of the Equality Directorate Research Branch; Patricia Carey, Policy Lead; Janet Smyth, Lead for Child Poverty/Poverty and Disability; Paul Galway, Disability policy team.
Also in attendance were colleagues in research branch, Gillian McKeown and Donna McGivern.
The BASE Team congratulates Janis Scallon on her new baby boy, who was born only a few days after the meeting.
You can find more information on the BASE Project here.
Dr Katerina Dounavi Deputy Director of CBA presented a paper entitled "A Unifying Taxonomy of Verbal Behaviour" to the 7th International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis- International (ABAI) Conference in Merida, Mexico.
link to Conference Website
A current research project partially funded by the European Commission (FP7- ICT G.A. # 288241) - intends to bring the assessment and the therapy of the autism out of the clinical environment and develop a patient-centric home- based intervention requiring a minimal human involvement and therefore extremely cost effective.
The project exploits ICT and other technologies in assessing and treating the Austistic Spectrum Disorder in children in a more “natural” home environment where non-obtrusive techniques will be used. At the same time the proposed method aims at enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment through its “intensiveness” and “personalization” matching the individual characteristics of the autistic children. MICHELANGELO project is expected to have impacts from the medical, social and economic perspectives. The results of its research work will be validated through an exploratory study with autistic children in France and in Italy.
For more information click here
Speaking at the 3rd QUART (Queen’s University Autism Research and Treatment) Conference in Belfast on Evidence Based Practice for Participation and Inclusion, the Minister referred to the new draft cross-Departmental Autism Strategy and Action Plan, presently being finalised.
Minister Poots said; “This Strategy and associated Action Plan represent the way forward in terms of the joined up cross-departmental approach to providing services and support over the coming years for people with autism, their families and carers.
“The development of this Strategy and Action Plan demonstrate what we can do when we work together – across the statutory and voluntary sectors.”
The Minister continued; “I believe that working collectively; we can build on the good work that has already been achieved. An important element of that will be to raise awareness about autism and how we all have a contribution to make in supporting those with autism and their families and carers to be full participants in our society.”
Ministers opening address
Picture of Professor Karola Dillenburger with Minister Edwin Poots
The 3rd annual QUART conference (on 20th September 2013) attracted 160+ delegates, MLAs, policy makers, teachers, social and health-care professionals, students, parents/carers, and individuals with ASD.
Welcoming delegates to QUB, Prof James McElnay (Acting VC) reminisced about our 2005 Honorary Doctorate Dr Gina Green (Executive Director of uAssociation for Professional Behaviour Analysts) and the long history of excellence in Autism research at QUB/CBA. Edwin Poots, Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, opened the conference and emphasised the importance of cross-sector collaboration.
Dr Lorri Unumb Esq. (Autism Speaks; Vice President for Government Affairs), Invited keynote speaker, lawyer and mother of 12-year old autistic son Ryan, gave an inspirational speech about parent power achieving seismic change, i.e., today evidence-based medically necessary ABA-based treatments are covered by law in nearly all States in the USA. For Autism speaks blog click here. STAMPPPII (FP7 Leonardo funded) was launched with presentations from the European Association for Behaviour Analysis, UU, PEAT, and partner countries Italy, Iceland, Sweden, and Netherlands who outlined how the locally produced SIMPLE STEPS multimedia tutorial was used across Europe to educate parents and professionals. For STAMPPPII report click here. Short paper presentations were followed by student keynote speaker Lisa Ruddy (CBA) on the use of technology to enhance communication of children with ASD.
Picture of all quart conference team: Back row from Left Dr Stephen Gallagher (University of Ulster; UU) Jacqueline Schenk (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherland) Prof Mickey Keenan (UU, PI of STAMPPP) Prof Karola Dillenburger (Centre for Behaviour Analysis, QUB) Minister Edwin Poots (Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety) Dr Lorri Unumb Esq. (Vice President for State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks) Prof James McElnay (Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast) Sigridur Loa Jonsdottir (The State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre, Iceland) Lisa Ruddy (Student presenter QUB) Front Row from Left: Dr Nanni Presti (The European Institute for the Study of Human Behavior, Italy) Dr Katerina Dounavi (Centre for Behaviour Analysis, QUB) Dr Lise Roll-Petterrson (Stockholm University, Sweden) Dr Neil Martin (European Association for Behaviour Analysis; Behavior Analyst Certification Board; UK-Society for Behaviour Analysis) Prof Tony Byrne (Chairperson, Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists, PEAT)
The CBA are finalising the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis. This Master’s programme includes a BACB® Approved Course Sequence (4th EditionTasklist) providing a unique opportunity to professionals from a wide range of backgrounds to acquire expertise in ABA, applicable to mainstream and special needs education, inclusion, curriculum and pedagogy. Students who have complete the approved course sequence (and who also have acquired the necessary supervised practice hours; see bacb.com) can apply to sit the exam to be come Board Certified Behavior Analysts.
CBA and parent-led charity, 'Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT)', are collaborating in major 3-year Big Lottery grant to enhance educational inclusion for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Bi-monthly workshops will take place at CBA over the next 3 years (total of 15 workshops) developing range of knowledge and skills including ASD, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), behaviour management in the classroom, achieving social confidence, and understanding and improving challenged behaviour. For details about these events please contact PEAT or telephone 028 90 324 882
For Training for Teachers and Parents Flyer click here
Do you know a child with autism who is currently excluded from school or is at risk of being excluded from school, aged 8-20? PEAT has a new project that would provide one to one intervention to children and young people with autism who are currently excluded from school or facing exclusion. This could include formal suspensions or expulsion as well as involuntary suspensions and/or exclusion from peers and from classroom. For more information contact PEAT on 028 9032 4882 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For Educational Inclusion Flyer click here
Do you know a young person with autism who needs help improving their social skills? PEAT is running eight week training programmes for 15-20 year olds with a diagnosis of autism across the province commencing on 30th September 2013 in 5 locations. Additional sessions for 8-14 year olds will take place in early 2014. Further groups will also be offered throughout 2015 and 2016. For more information contact PEAT on 028 9032 4882
For Flyer click here