Introduction to Current Practices in Applied Behavior Analysis for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities

An introduction to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and basic applications for children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, or who are Deafblind

In this online course, students will identify and practice ABA approaches that will support students who are visually impaired, blind, Deafblind or multiply disabled. Through online discussion boards and activities, readings and implementation of different strategies, students will learn to apply the concepts and methodologies of Applied Behavior Analysis to their student populations.

This course is designed as an introduction to ABA for professionals who work with students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities who do not have a background in ABA practice.

Learning Objectives

Participants will

  • Review roots of ABA and some common misconceptions
  • Identify the role of BCBA & ABA within the context of students with visual impairments
  • Identify target behaviors and be able to provide operational definitions in observable, measurable terms
  • Describe different methodologies for data collection and the purposes and applications for each
  • Identify the differences between reinforcement and punishment
  • Learn how to identify effective reinforcers
  • Learn how to complete Preference Assessments and modifications for students with visual impairments
  • Identify and assess the functions of behavior
  • Create hypotheses of the functions of behavior
  • Discuss the differences between modeling, shaping, and task analyses
  • Identify functional replacement behaviors
  • List key components to skill acquisition programming
  • Identify antecedent strategies and supports to prevent maladaptive behavior
  • Identify consequence strategies and supports to increase alternative behaviors
  • Complete a final project including identifying and measuring a behavior, creating a data collection system, creating a hypothesis on the function of the behavior, and identifying strategies to target the behavior functionally

Contact us at [email protected] for any questions.

Required Text

This course will use a companion textbook, which is not included with your registration fee. Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers, 10th edition, 2021  We recommend the publisher’s website for the electronic edition. You may also be able to find used copied through online distributors. Other readings are provided within the course.

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Meet the Presenters

Ashley Wallace
Ashley Wallace, M.S., BCBA, LABA
Assistant Education Director
Ashley Wallace graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor's in Psychology and received her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University in 2013. Her primary interests within the field include antecedent strategies and environmental modifications, as well as teaching functional communication as an appropriate alternative to challenging behavior. In addition, she enjoys teaching daily living skills (ADLs), meal skills, and assessing and targeting sleep treatment. For over a decade, Ashley has supervised behavioral services across home, school, community, and residential settings for students and adults with developmental disabilities. She has consulted with local schools on individual and classroom behavior management. Ashley has previously worked as BCBA at Perkins School for the Blind but is now one of the Assistant Education Directors in the Deafblind School.
Multiple weeks
3 Graduate
35 Continuing Education
35 Professional Development
$400 Regular Price
$375 Early Bird Price (until September 15)