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International Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science  
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The Effectiveness of an ABA Training Workshop for Teachers and Health Care Professionals in China
International Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Vol.5 , No. 3, Publication Date: Aug. 9, 2019, Page: 128-132
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Chongying Wang, Department of Social Psychology, Zhou En Lai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin, China.


Dianna Yip, .L.A.I. Behaviour Consulting, Hong Kong.


Noreen Dunn, InStride Behaviour Consulting Inc., Burnaby, BC, Canada.


Parbs Bains, Building Blocks Behaviour Consulting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


There is a growing need for trained clinicians to provide applied behavior analysis (ABA)-based treatment for children with autism. However, demand for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) greatly outstrips the current supply with the increasing prevalence of ASD in China. In the current study, we examined the effectiveness of a group ABA training workshop for teachers and health care professionals in China. 150 educators and health care professionals were recruited to participate in a five-day workshop in China. The workshop covered the following areas: ASD, Early Intensive Behavior Intervention, ABA, Discrete Trial Teaching, Natural Environment Teaching and Positive Behavior Support. The participants completed tests before and after the workshop, and the results of the tests were analyzed. During the pre-test, the average score was 41%. During the post-test, the average score rose to 61%. Most participants obtained high scores in the areas of ASD, general ABA knowledge, EIBI, and milieu teaching strategies. In the area of applying evidence-based strategies to manage problem behaviors, the scores were significantly lower. The group training was found to be an effective and acceptable method in increasing knowledge and understanding of ABA-based teaching strategies. It is suggested that large-group cross-cultural ABA training can be a cost effective way for training professionals across the globe.


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