1- Type II Learning BACB CEU (0- Ethics BACB CEU & 0-Supervision BACB CEU)

Presenters: Megan Kirby

Abstract:  The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts states that “Behavior analysts provide services, teach, or conduct research in new areas (e.g., populations, techniques, behaviors) only after first undertaking appropriate study, training, supervision, and/or consultation from persons who are competent in those areas.” (1.02b) and “Where differences of age, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, or socioeconomic status significantly affect behavior analysts’ work concerning particular individuals or groups, behavior analysts obtain the training, experience, consultation, and/or supervision necessary to ensure the competence of their services, or they make appropriate referrals.” (1.05c). However, if a behavior analyst only considers providing services to those who speak their language, and make no accommodations or considerations to deliver services to individuals for whom English is not the primary language spoken in their natural home environment, is such behavior contributing to health disparities that exist in America? Without interpreters and/or translation services, a provider’s inability to speak the native language of the client poses a significant barrier in making behavior analytic services accessible to the general public, in particular those that may not be fluent (receptive or expressive) in English. By 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that over 40 million citizens will primarily speak Spanish in their homes. Limited English proficiency threatens a consumer’s access to ABA services, and behavior analysts will need to consider their role in existing health disparities in America and develop an action plan to reduce the risk that services are only made available to majority cultures because of lower response efforts (such as not providing interpreters and/or translation services).

Objectives:1. Name and describe at least one Federal policy regarding access to health care services, 2. Identify and describe three existing barriers to delivery of ABA therapy services to linguistically diverse consumers, 3. Tact the role of behavior analytic service providers in reducing health disparities that occur due to differences in spoken language, 4. List the steps in a behavior chain to identify existing behavior analytic literature regarding linguistic competency and delivery of services to persons who are not fluent in the Behavior Analyst’s primary language, 5. Develop a list of actions and further needs relevant to increasing population’s access to ABA therapy services delivered in a medical model of care.

Linguistic Diversity & ABA Service Delivery