There is No "Old" ABA: Practical Ways to Implement Reform in Everyday Practice 

ABA is a science that can be applied in any number of ways to support people to meet their goals. However, ABA has a dark history of abuse. Opponents of ABA are starting to get recognized in the mainstream and are sharing stories of abuse they endured years ago. The refrain that often is stated is “That is old ABA”. This is alienating to the populations we try to serve and creates a barrier to our field doing better. As a field we need to listen to these criticisms so we can create programming that is trauma informed, client centered and most importantly- kind. 

Learning Objectives

Attendees will discuss the importance of listening to Autistic voices

Attendees be able to define the criticisms of ABA

Attendees will be able to identify tangible ways to create programing that targets those criticisms

About Your Instructor

Saundra Bishop

Saundra Bishop, BCBA, LBA, CCTP is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of BASICS ABA Therapy. She is also President of DC ABA. She has over 20 years of experience working in Applied Behavior Analysis and with people with Autism/Autistic people and has been a BCBA for 13 years. She is especially passionate about Trauma-Informed Behavior Management and models that focus on self advocacy rather than compliance. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and also certified to give trainings that qualify for Type-2 CEUs, DCPS CEUs, and CFSA foster parent hours. She has written a handbook called The Trauma Informed Behavior Management Handbook that walks providers through the steps of creating a trauma informed treatment plan. She was a foster parent for 7 years and has 4 children with and without special needs (3 who are adopted). She loves competitive storytelling and bike riding.