Project ABA: Preparing Related Services Personnel in Applied Behavior Analysis for Children with Autism
Tracy-Ann Gilbert Smith
- Kwang-Sun Cho Blair
Project ABA is a 5-year $1.06 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H325K140309), which aims to prepare highly qualified 20 behavior analysts to contribute to evidence-based practices (EBP) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism.
The project focuses on improving the quality of related services for high-need children with autism of all grade levels including preschoolers, which will result in improved learning and developmental outcomes and successful transition to postsecondary education and the workforce. Emphasis is given to preparing behavior analysts in EBP in ABA and autism, assessment and positive behavioral intervention and support, collaboration and consultation, data-based decision-making, technology, and evaluation of intervention for children with autism who are at high risk of failure in school due to the combination of disability and high-need status.
Program support include:
- Paid tuition (in-state rate)
- Out-of-state tuition waiver for non-Florida residents
- A yearly-stipend for full-time 12-month participation
- Financial assistance for conference attendance and textbooks
Features of the project include:
- Evidence-based curriculum and pedagogy
- Supervised practicum
- Summer Institute
- Community Applications of Behavior Analysis Poster Expo
- Thesis research in high-need schools
- Portfolio development, and
- Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) trainee program.
Kwang-Sun Cho Blair