WHO: Nidal Daou, Department of Psychology, AUB
WHEN: March 2cnd, 2016, 5:00-6:30pm
WHERE: AUB, West Hall, Room 310


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been recommended as one of the top empirically validated, effective interventions for autism spectrum disorder. It is, however, under-supported and only scarcely available in developing countries, and often misrepresented outside of North America. This presentation examines the status of ABA in Lebanon, and offers an example of how behavioral research could be conducted in a context with limited autism resources and a virtual absence of cooperativeness among stakeholders and professionals. In the reported empirical study, a single-case experimental design evaluated the effectiveness of treatment on independent engagement among three children with autism. The yearlong treatment consisted of behavioral procedures, including reinforcement, prompting, and backward chaining, and it demonstrated systematic increases in independent engagement across participants. The presentation also looks at the dissemination of ABA as an innovation in a novel context, limitations, and future directions of relevance to researchers and practitioners in places with limited access to behavior-analytic services.