Caring Hearts at the Intersection of Autism & Culture with Dr. Shahla Alai, BCBA-D

Dr. Shahla Alai, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Dr. Shahla Alai for another Continuing Education webinar for Behavior Analysts! This presentation will provide an overview of ABA service models over time, and responsiveness of the field to concerns of people of color and autistic people.


What are the relations between science, ethics and progress in Applied Behavior Analysis? How does this relate to Autism? To explore this question, we look at the progression of intensive interventions in autism. This will include: an overview of the foundational and changing premises of our discipline; the emergence, impact and metamorphosis of early intervention configurations; the rapid expansion of services and service providers; and, the concerns voiced by people of color and autistic people. The proliferation of behavior analysis in autism services has brought both growth and growing pains. When facing the painful dimensions of growth, we can either choose to be complacent or humbly act to progress as an applied science that cares deeply for the people we serve. Concepts complementary to our science can offer meaningful ways to strengthen our caring hearts to honor individual and the collective.

About the Presenter

Shahla Alai-Rosales, PHD, BCBA-D, LBA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the relations between science, ethics and progress in ABA.
  2. Identify growth and growing pains.
  3. Identify probable outcomes of different actions in the face of rapid growth.
  4. Identify resources for advancing caring, progressive and culturally responsive practices in ABA.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.5 Learning BACB CEU’s (Ethics)
    • $29.99 (CEU’s included in price)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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