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Contingencies of Joy with Dr. Shahla Alai, BCBA-D
The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of practices that nurture joy in the lives of young children with autism, their families and their supporting professionals. The talk is divided into three sections. The first section explores the concept of joy and discusses the role of contingencies in understanding and changing behavior for the better. The second section focuses on the role of evidence-based practice, the ethical need to go beyond reducing problems, and the importance of striving to preventatively and proactively foster healthy relationships at all levels. The final section provides a framework for continued progress by establishing intentional communities of practice. Communities of practice with a mission of increasing joy are likely to encourage ongoing learning, human connections and loving approaches to intervention. They are also more likely to foster interventions that are not described as traumatizing or cruel.

This presentation is based, in part, on: Alai & Zueg (2010), Three Considerations; Alai, Toussaint & McGee (2018) Incidental Teaching: Happy Progress; Miller, Re Cruz & Alai (2019) Inherent Tensions and Possibilities: Behavior Analysis and Cultural Responsiveness; Alai-Rosales, et al, (2019) The Big Four; and, Alai & Heinkle-Wolfe (coming in Fall 2021) Between Now and Dreams (a book for parents)

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. To describe the conceptualizations and ethical rationales for nourishing joyful interventions
2. To identify practices that contribute to nurturing and progressive interventions.
3. To describe preventative approaches and why they are important to joy.
4. To describe a cuspal approach to nourishing joy within family relationships.
5. To describe a framework for evolving as a compassionate and skilled therapist.
6. To consider the “big questions” we can ask ourselves about interventions.

Apr 22, 2022 12:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Shahla Alai, BCBA-D
Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis @University of North Texas
Shahla Alai-Rosales, PHD, BCBA-D, LBA has taught courses in Texas, Europe and the Middle East on a variety of topics, including ethics, early autism intervention, parent training, behavioral systems, applied research methods, technology transfer, behavior change techniques, and cultural diversity. Shahla has served on several boards and disciplinary committees and has published and presented research on social justice, ethics in early intervention, play and social skills, family harmony, and supervision and mentoring. Shahla has more than four decades of experience working with families and has trained hundreds of behavior analysts. She has received awards for her teaching, her work with families, and for her work in the community. She is a mother and a grandmother and cherishes every moment of joy with her family, friends and community.