ABA In Schools SIG

Mission:

The ABA In Schools SIG aims to be a group that promotes the development of high standards of practise in the application of behaviour analytic principles in schools in the UK.  Our mission includes

  • Promoting acceptance, knowledge and understanding of behaviour analytic approaches within a school context
  • Supporting existing and emerging schools and units
  • Sharing information innovation
  • Promoting and generating new research
  • Contributing to the development of standards for ABA service delivery and accreditation, where possible

Specific Aims:

Our mission links directly with the mission and objectives of UK-SBA. We will show this support through our focus on

  • Promoting the recognition of behaviour analysis as a scientific approach in schools settings
  • Contributing to the development standards in education, training and experience in the principles, practice and skills of behaviour analysis
  • Communicating and sharing information about behaviour analysis to other educational providers
  • Promoting and generating new research

For more information:

Please contact the Chair of the ABA In Schools SIG, Tracie Linehan at [email protected]

The Vision

The ABA In Schools Forum aims to be:

An association that promotes the development of high standards of practise in the application of behaviour analytic principles in schools in the UK.

The ABA In Schools Forum has been meeting regularly since 2004. It was originally set up as a forum for independent ABA schools to share information as the schools were growing. The aim was to share useful information as the schools developed and to support emerging schools. It has been a valuable resource and is still a regular point of contact for the established ABA schools.

In the last couple of years there has been a significant change in the education landscape that we all operate in. We have seen an increase in the number of Free Schools, offering education for those affected by autism, and recruiting BCBAs to support their curriculum delivery. We have ABA consultants working in both mainstream and special schools to give advice to teachers in their support of pupils with autism. We have units attached to mainstream and special schools where there is an emphasis on behaviour analysis with BCBAs recruited to work with their teaching teams.

The schools forum aims to be inclusive and plans to organise regular meetings for

  • CEOs & Leaders working in all settings – to discuss strategy and school development
  • ABA Practitioners working in all settings – to discuss best practice, training opportunities and to share research
  • Allied Health professionals working in all settings – to share experiences and best practice in ABA schools and working alongside Behaviour Analysts.

The ABA In Schools Forum has recently become a Special Interest Group (SIG) as part of the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis and aims to support the Society in its mission by:

  • Promoting the recognition of behaviour analysis as a scientific approach in schools settings
  • Contributing to the development standards in education, training and experience in the principles, practice and skills of behaviour analysis
  • Communicating and sharing information about behaviour analysis to other educational providers
  • Promoting and generating new research

Recent Meeting Minutes

Date of meeting: 22nd February 2018

Venue: Forest Bridge School, Maidenhead. Tours of the school were conducted.

Heads of Services Meeting

  • 6 services were represented
  • Service updates were shared
  • Discussed Local Authority relationships and strategies for engaging positively with regards to placements
  • UK-SBA update given by board member
  • Discussed the request from the UK-SBA for a literature and resource list and agreed the next steps
  • Discussed GDPR, shared experiences and considered how to best meet the requirement to access a DPO.

Practitioners Meeting

  • 18 professionals attended
  • Feedback shared from the inter-school moderation meetings that have been taking place
  • Digital solutions to data collection – pilots have been taking place in different services
  • Discussion about developing pupil wellbeing (mental health and non-academia). An interesting model at Forest Bridge was shared where psychotherapy, BCABAs and drama therapy are working together, defining and measuring behaviour in all roles confidentially and with generalisation.

Many thanks to Forest Bridge School for hosting the meetings and showing everyone around.