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ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Dr. Paula Danquah-Brobby: ABA Without Borders

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ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Webinar Presented By

Dr. Paula Danquah-Brobby, PhD, BCBA, LBA, IBA

Thursday, December 9, 2021 |Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording closes 12/19/21 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)  | You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the recording. Recording closes 10 days after the LIVE webinar.

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ABSTRACT

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder with an onset in early childhood. Studies have shown that interventions utilizing the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) have been the most effective at ameliorating ASD symptoms and associated features. As we become a more globally connected community, access to behavior analytic services has increased and expanded internationally, specifically in non-westernized cultures. Although this progress is positive for families in need of ABA services worldwide, there are important treatment considerations that western behavior analysts and technicians must take into account when working in non-western contexts. In this session, the presenter will discuss the state of ASD and ABA in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs), examine the problematic approach of “transport and test” interventions, and discuss essential cultural and ethical factors that should be considered when providing ABA services internationally.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this event participants should be able to

  •  Identify the state of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavior Analysis in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs)
  •  Identify challenges with implementing western psychological and behavioral treatment applications in non-western international contexts (e.g., LAMICs)
  •  Identify key cultural considerations when working in non-western international contexts (e.g., LAMICs)
  •  Identify relevant ethical considerations when working in non-western international contexts (e.g., LAMICs)

PRESENTER BIO

Dr. Paula Danquah-Brobby, PhD, BCBA, LBA, IBA has been working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delays (DD), and learning disabilities (LD) for the past 20 years. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who is licensed in the state of Maryland. Dr. Danquah-Brobby has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland and earned her PhD in International Psychology from TCSPP, DC Campus.

Earlier in her professional career, Dr. Danquah-Brobby was the Early Intervention Specialist, BCBA, and Co-Coordinator of an ASD intervention research study at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's (KKI) Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). It was at CARD that Dr. Danquah-Brobby worked closely with and was mentored by Dr. Rebecca Landa (Director of CARD), Dr. Tristram Smith (pioneer of ABA research), and Dr. Connie Kasari (pioneer of special education research related to play therapy, joint attention, and language acquisition). While at CARD, she also developed the Therapeutic Interventions and Parenting Strategies (TIPS) program--a comprehensive Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) program for CARD's international and long distance families. While at CARD, Dr. Danquah- Brobby was also a part of a multidisciplinary team that diagnosed children with ASD at KKI.

As a Psychology Associate for the Director of KKI's Neuropsychology Department, Dr. Danquah-Brobby administered neuropsychological assessments, diagnosed clients based on assessment findings, and wrote neuropsychological reports (all under the supervision of the Director of the Neuropsychology Department who was a licensed Clinical Psychologist). Dr. Danquah-Brobby is well-versed in administering various neuropsychological, educational, and behavioral assessments--including modules 1 and 2 of the Autism Diagnostic and Observation Scale (ADOS). The ADOS is often regarded as the gold standard assessment tool for ASD diagnosis.

Dr. Danquah-Brobby has also consulted internationally in the realm of ABA for the last 10 years. Through her work in countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Ghana she has designed early intervention classrooms, worked one-on-one with children diagnosed with ASD and their families, assessed and designed culturally sensitive in-home ABA programs, and helped families identify appropriate schools and therapies in their home countries. She has done the same locally in the DC metropolitan area as well. She has worked with many children with ASD and their families in the home, school, clinic, and center-based settings, and has served as an advocate on behalf of families at school IEP meetings. Dr. Danquah-Brobby has consulted for various school systems across Maryland where she has trained teachers, service professionals, and parents/caregivers on ABA principles, Verbal Behavior, behavior reduction, skills acquisition, generalization, and related evidence-based strategies to be utilized in the school, center, and home settings.

Dr. Danquah-Brobby's areas of expertise and interest include ABA/Verbal Behavior (VB), early intervention, providing quality ABA/VB interventions for families in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). In all of her treatment plans, she places great emphasis on cultural competency through the lens of her International Psychology background. She is passionate about spreading knowledge and awareness about ASD, ABA/VB, early detection, early diagnosis, and early intervention for ASD in LAMICs. Dr. Danquah-Brobby looks forward to conducting participatory action and single subject research that leads to the development of sustainable macro-level interventions in LAMICs.

DISCLOSURE

Our speaker are volunteering their time to present as part of the  Cambridge Center Series and will not receive a speaker fees for presenting this event. 50% of the proceeds from this event are donated to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONS: CONTINUING EDUCATION

    • Behavior Analysts earn 3 CEUs (Learning): LIVE & RECORDING
    • Psychologists earn 3 CEs: LIVE & RECORDING
    • Not eligible for NBCC, AOTA, or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.

Additional Information

  • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
  • Must submit all attendance codes and pass the post-test (see Expected Learning Outcomes).
  • Webinar/Workshop Portal closes 1 month after live event. You must download handouts and complete attendance verification and post-test within that time frame.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 4 learning objectives for this 3 hour event.

SCHEDULE

12:00 pm: Introduction
12:05 pm: Webinar begins
1:30 pm: 10 minute break
1:40 pm: First Q&A session
1:50 pm: Webinar resumes
2:45 pm: Second Q&A session
3:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms