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WEBINAR: March 29, 2023 | 12pm
Exploring Quality in the ABA Service Delivery Industry
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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a scientifically supported approach to the education and treatment of children with autism. With the help of widespread insurance reform in the United States, ABA autism therapy has proliferated and continues to grow. This webinar asks, “Can we say the same about service quality?”. As the ABA autism therapy industry continues to grow, it also faces increasing threats to its survival such as criticisms from autistic people, high rates of burnout and turnover, inequitable access, and more. A common thread that runs through these threats is the issue of quality. The ABA autism therapy industry is facing a quality crisis. In their 2021 paper, Silbaugh & El Fattal suggest the ABA autism services industry faces three major problems. First, ABA service delivery quality (ASDQ) is undefined in ABA research and the industry. Second, service providers cannot rely exclusively on professional organizations that oversee licensure and certification to control ABA service delivery quality because they do not have control over the relevant contingencies. Third, without objective indicators of quality, it is difficult for ABA organizations to distinguish the quality of their services from competitors. This webinar provides a brief history of quality, an overview of the ASDQ framework, and steps leaders can take to build a total quality culture with the ASDQ framework in response to the quality crisis.
As a result of participating in this webinar, attendees will:
1) Identify some major events in the history of quality.
2) Define ABA service delivery quality at the organizational level.
3) Describe an understanding of quality from a culturo-behavioral perspective using the metacontingency.
4) Identify some steps leaders can take to promote quality in their organization
Dr. Bryant Silbaugh Bio
Dr. Bryant Silbaugh is a BCBA with over 14 years of experience in ABA research, service, and practice. Dr. Silbaugh earned his doctoral degree in Special Education and Autism at the University of Texas at Austin. During graduate school he taught ABA online as a co-instructor for the Florida Institute of Technology. After graduate school, he served as an Assistant Professor of Special Education and ABA at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and the Interim Director of the Autism Research Center at UTSA. Thereafter, Dr. Silbaugh founded the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Special Interest Group of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. He also he served as the Director of Research and Development for an ABA agency headquartered in San Antonio, and later assisted in the development and launch of a new ABA autism therapy company in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Silbaugh is internationally recognized for his published research on lag schedules, the behavioral assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, and most recently his research on quality in the ABA autism therapy industry. Dr. Silbaugh has presented at numerous conferences, collaborated with researchers around the world, and served as a guest reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed behavior analytic journals. Currently, Dr. Silbaugh is a clinical supervisor at another thriving startup, New Beginnings Academy in San Antonio, working on all things clinical and operational. Dr. Silbaugh continues to conduct research on ABA service delivery quality.