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Celebrating Community!

SC ABA 9th Annual Conference

October 26-30, 2020

This year, to celebrate and unify our local community during an unprecedented time for our field, we are offering a virtual conference featuring a line up of intriguing presenters from the state of South Carolina.

Registered and Ready?  

1.  Make sure you are logged into the SC ABA Website with the email address you used to register for the conference!  (Look at the upper right hand corner of this page for the login button.)

2.  You will now have access to the Presentation Links page in the conference menu!

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Conference Program

The SC ABA Annual Conference is the largest ABA specific event in South Carolina, and aligns with our mission of disseminating research for practitioners and consumers throughout our state.  Additionally, the annual conference is the main source of revenue for our state chapter, and provides funding for state initiatives such as licensure for BCBAs.  

This year’s virtual conference will feature engaging speakers from our state and submitted papers.  Our virtual conference will provide opportunities for you to engage with other attendees, speakers and sponsors over the course of the five day event.  Not able to attend the presentation live?  Registered attendees will have access to all presentations in recorded form and can earn Learning CEs from reviewing these recordings for six months after the conclusion of the conference

12.5 CEUs Offered!

Learn About Our Presenters!

Monday, Oct. 26th, 2020

Richard Kubina Jr, PhD, BCBA-D

9:00 - 10:00 am 1 CE Credit

An Examination of Linear and Ratio Graphs: Implications for the Future of Visual Displays in the Science of Behavior

Line graphs and visual analysis have served as the engine of evaluation and decision making for applied behavior analysis. The advantages of line graphs include providing treatment data visually and summarizing a person's performance across a given time interval. Line graphs also communicate the sequence of treatments, the time spent in treatment phases, and the magnitude of behavioral change. Yet visual analysis has a history of low interrater reliability and inconsistent judgments. Other criticisms include the lack of universal decision rule and the lack of any meaningful statistics. The solution to all of the previously listed problems may lie in a standard ratio graph. The following experiment examines the extent to which behavior analysts could accurately detect a trend and reliability make a decision based on three conditions: a linear graph with a trend, a linear graph with a quantified slope, and a ratio graph with a celeration value. The results and implications of the study suggest a healthy path forward for visual analysis and the analysis, evaluation, and communication of data via ratio graphs.

Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2020

Jay Cole, MA, BCBA 

9:00 - 10:00 am 1 CE Credit

Taking Behavior Analysis into South Carolina Public Schools

Skinner asked in a 1982 address to the American Psychological Association "why we are not acting to save the world" through the science of behavior.  One area that behavior analysts can make the world a better place is within both general and special education classrooms right here in our home state!  Studies clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching strategies and behavioral interventions with students diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Given the robust nature of the strategies with this population, would they not have merit to teach various skills to students without this diagnosis? This presentation will focus on working collaboratively with school systems, the challenges that exist, and how to "embed" sound behavioral strategies into classrooms to increase adaptive educational skills and reduce problem behavior. Behavior analysts have an ethical obligation to work in concert with other professionals. We, as behavior analysts, understand lots about our subject matter, similarly many teachers are VERY good at teaching reading, writing, math, science, etc. Our experiences have revealed positive outcomes when the disciplines can work alongside each other to benefit student learning.

Katie Wolfe, PhD, BCBA-D 

1:00 - 2:00 pm 1 CE Credit

Being a Critical Consumer of the ABA Research Literature

Single-case intervention research is the foundation of applied behavior analysis.  To engage in the evidence-based practice of applied behavior analysis, practitioners must be able to evaluate single-case intervention studies in terms of both their quality and their applicability to a particular client and context. This presentation will provide an overview of single-case intervention research and a description of current standards to evaluate the quality of this research. In addition, we will discuss strategies for determining the generalizability of research studies to a particular clinical situation.

Zahra Hajiaghamohseni, PhD, BCBA  & 

Meka McCammon, BCBA

7:00 - 8:30 pm 1.5 CE Credits Supervision

5.0: The Behavior Analyst as a Supervisor: Breaking Down Fieldwork Supervision One Behavior at a Time

Part 1 of 2

With the explosion of the BACB certification, the demand for fieldwork supervision has also increased. BCBA and BCBA-Ds are gatekeepers to ensuring the next generation of professionals receive well-rounded supervision fieldwork that prepares them to deliver effective services to consumers.

In order to conduct high quality effective and ethical supervision, BCBAs and BCBA-Ds must first know what individual behavior comprise ‘effective and ethical’ supervision of fieldwork candidates. These individual behaviors must align and support compliance with the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code (PECC) 5.0 Behavior Analyst as a Supervisor. Most BCBAs and BCBA-Ds lacked the advantage of a BACB task list, coursework, or research that prepared them to be fieldwork supervisors for the next generation.

This workshop will use recent research conducted by presenter to systematically breakdown the individual behaviors that comprise a BCBA or BCBA-D supervision repertoire and that align with the PECC 5.0 as well as other recommended practices by experts in the field of supervision. Attendees will self-assess using a comprehensive assessment tool. Then identify areas in which supervision practices may be targeted for improvement. Presenter will have attendees participate in a variety of activities intended to support development of individual and organizational level practices that align with effective and ethical supervision.

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 2020

Stacie Neff, MS, BCBA 

9:00 - 10:00 am 1 CE Credit Ethics

It's Never Wrong To Do The Right Thing: A Journey Through the Ethics of Professionalism

In some circumstances, doing the right thing is not easy.  Maintaining professionalism is not easy.  Life today is not easy. How are we responding as professionals in the face of these challenges? In this presentation we will discuss how professionalism is woven throughout The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts from the BACB and how our actions impact our clients, our reputations and the reputation of the field as a whole.

Andrew Patrick & State Representative Shannon Erickson

4:00 - 5:30 pm 1.5 CE Credit

Legislative Advocacy & SC ABA Open Business Meeting

Provide membership an introduction to the legislative process in South Carolina and helpful information on how to be an effective advocate for any legislative initiative.  Membership will understand the legislative process and learn the steps necessary to become an effective advocate in the legislative process. (60 min)

SC ABA Licensure Committee will provide an update on current status of 2020 licensure efforts. Membership will have opportunity to ask follow up questions during the update. Additional “town hall” meetings will be scheduled in November for membership to request more information on licensure. (15 min)

An open business meeting will immediately follow.  (15 min)

Virtual Poster Session and Social!

7:00 - 8:00 PM

Come for the posters, stay for the social!

1.  Assessing mHealth Technology: Text vs Image Stimuli and Responses.  Presented by Katie Foster with Jeanine Stratton and Abby Grace Henry.  Furman University

2.  Utilizing the Updated CPT Codes in the Treatment of Severe Maladaptive Behaviors in Specialized Settings: A Case Study.  Presented by Meghan Helman with Scott Braud, Kayla Lilly, Katie Pyhala, and Marley Olejnik.  Hope Reach.

3.  Assessing mHealth Technology Consumption with Behavioral Eye Tracking Measures.  Presented by Abby Grace Henry with Jeanine Stratton and Katie Foster.  Furman University

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2020

William Edwards, MS, BCBA 

Recording only, 1 CE Credit

Culturally Responsive Program Development 

Recording only

The recent growth in awareness for the challenges facing those diagnosed with ASD has resulted in increased demand for quality behavior analytic services within the United States and abroad.  There is increased diversity in the types of behavior analytic application, diversity in the consumer population, and growing diversity in the provider population. As such, practitioners are increasingly faced with the need to better understand program individualization through the creation of culturally sensitive programs.  Guidance will be provided for developing culturally responsive programming in the context of service provision for young children diagnosed with ASD.

Vincent LaMarca, BCBA &

Jennifer LaMarca, BCBA 

1:00 - 2:00 pm 1 CE Credit

Submitted Paper:  Designing Receptive Language Programs: Pushing the Boundaries of Research and Practice

Initial difficulty with receptive language is common for some children with autism. General guidelines for teaching receptive language have been published (Grow & LeBlanc, 2013). But what to do when all else fails? This presentation will highlight the potential of 21 unique strategies that have been effective in teaching receptive language skills to some children (LaMarca & LaMarca, 2018). The purpose of this presentation is to provide behavior analysts with a robust, systematic means of problem-solving receptive language difficulties.

Zahra Hajiaghamohseni, PhD, BCBA &

Meka McCammon, BCBA

7:00 - 8:30 pm 1.5 CE Credits Supervision

5.0: The Behavior Analyst as a Supervisor: Breaking Down Fieldwork Supervision One Behavior at a Time

Part 2 of 2 

Must have completed Part 1 of this presentation (Tuesday, Oct 27th) prior to attending Part 2

Friday, Oct. 30th, 2020

Ashlin Blum LISW-CP, BCBA 

9:00 - 10:00 am 1 CE Credit

Coordination of Care: Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and ABA

Applied behavior analysis has been helping people modify behavior and increasing the quality of life for decades. Through advancement in behavioral science, mental health components are starting to be taken into account. Mental health practitioners have enhanced how individuals understand their thoughts, feelings, and emotions for centuries. Given these fields are birds of a feather, it is our responsibility as practitioners to work together to disseminate effective methods. Many obstacles occur in this process, but through coordination of care our clients can receive the most effective treatments.

Lorri Unumb, Esq & Dan Unumb, Esq

1:00 - 2:00 pm 1 CE Credit

Do You Want Help Running Your ABA Business?

It is likely that few practicing behavior analysts extensively studied business while in grad school. Yet many behavior analysts today run their own businesses. In this session, join Lorri Unumb, Esq., CEO of The Council of Autism Service Providers, and Dan Unumb, Esq., President of the Autism Legal Resource Center, for a conversation on how various professional resources, including a trade association, can assist you in the efficient operation of your ABA business. Undoubtedly, you cannot "succeed in business without really trying," but a voluntary alignment with similar businesses can help you succeed without taking all of your time. Having voluntary business partners from within the ABA industry can give you needed political leverage, increase your access to innovative business solutions, help you identify and conform to industry best practices, and keep you abreast of relevant regulatory reforms.

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