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 Chairs of the ABA In Schools SIG, Emma Hawkins and Konstantinos Rizos:
 [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

Meeting Minutes

Heads and Practitioners Meeting
Date of Meeting: Tuesday 28 September 2021
Venue: Zoom

  • 8 different services were represented at the meeting
  • 18 professionals attended the meeting
  • This was an initial meeting of the school year 2021-22 and the new Co-Chairs of the group introduced themselves:
    • Konstantinos Rizos is Head Behaviour Analyst at Forest Bridge School in Maidenhead.
    • Emma Hawkins is Director of Education at the Jigsaw School in Surrey.
  • Discussed improving collaboration between the ABA in Schools SIG and the ABA Mainstream SIG.
  • Agreed dates of meetings for academic year ahead, topics for discussion and who would be responsible for each CEU event:
Date Heads of Service Topics Practitioners Topics Host team Topic
 

7 December 2021

 

Recruitment, Retention & Training

 

Grand Rounds

 

Forest Bridge School

 

 

 

Topic tbc

 

15 March 2022

 

Promoting Neurodiversity and the science of ABA

 

 

Promoting Neurodiversity and the science of ABA

 

 

Jigsaw

 

 

Topic tbc

 

24 May 2022

 

Ethics and Governor reporting

 

RSE / PHSE adapted requirements and the role of therapies

 

 

Treetops

 

 

Topic tbc

 

  • It was agreed that for the foreseeable future, meetings would continue to take place remotely over Zoom, with the aim of having an opportunity to meet together once restrictions allow.

CEU Event:

  • Developing Multiple Exemplar Instruction Procedures to Establish Novel Verbal Behaviour – Emma Hawkins, PhD, BCBA, Jigsaw School.

Next Meeting:

  • Tuesday 7 December 1.30-3.30pm followed by a CEU event presented by Konstantinos Rizos from Forest Bridge School 3.45-4.45pm

 

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