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The third annual conference of Association for Behavior Analysis India was held in The Park Hotel, Kolkata on 8th and 9th Dec'2012. The program received a tremendous response ,attended by over 200 participants around 65% of whom were parents of children with autism and other learning disabilities. The rest of the participants were special educators, mental health experts, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, students doing MS in psychology etc.

In the Inaugural session, Mrs. MitaBannerjee, state commissioner for the persons with Disabilities, West Bengal lit the ceremonial lamp and during her address stressed the importance of professionals in Applied Behavior Analysis working with frontline aanganwadi workers to reach services to the people with disabilities. She has asked that ABA India submit a proposal for collaborating with the disability commission to reach larger sections of the society and promised unstinting support from the disability commission.

Ms. SmitaAwasthi, BCBA , founder and past president of ABA India presented a retrospect on how the pool of professionals trained in ABA has grown steadily from just one person in 2004 to 18 people now . Given the large number of children being diagnosed with autism day by day she stressed the urgent and crying need for bringing Applied Behavior Analysis as a subject of study in India to make it more affordable for aspiring students who otherwise have to pay hefty fees and study with foreign universities. While thanking parents with children with disabilities who played a pivotal role in the organisations move forward she stated unambiguously that ABA India would like to collaborate with experts from other fields such as special education teachers, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, speech and language therapists, psychiatrists and paediatricians.

Dr. Neil Martin, international representative from Behavior Analysis Certification Board, explained the board's role in ensuring high ethical standards in the practice of the science and the message optimism it holds out to society.

Dr. Samir Parikh, Director- Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences made a hard hitting speech ( peppered liberally with humour) on the need to think beyond clinical diagnosis and treatment for children with disabilities given that barely 7% of such children have access to much needed expertise from qualified and educated professionals. He also provided very interesting insights on all that is going wrong with the education system.

In his keynote address, Dr. Per Holth from Akershus University college, Oslo, Norway presented how " Category Mistakes" ( first defined by Gilbert Ryle in his 1949 book , the concept of mind ) lead the fields of psychology and even applied Behavior analysis to engage in circular reasoning and thereby mistakenly attribute Behaviors to entities that do not exist separately.

Intensive two hour workshops addressed areas such as Teaching Joint Attention skills, Teaching Play skills, Understanding and Managing challenging Behavior, Teaching Social Verbal and Non- Verbal Behavior, Addressing Feeding disorders and Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement to teach new skills and build socially appropriate behaviors.These workshops were conducted by eminent professionals from overseas and from India. The facilitators included Dr. Neil Martin ,Phd., BCBA- D from United Kingdom, Dr. Per Holth from Norway, Dr. Joyce Tu, BCBA-D from United States, Dr. Geetika Agarwal, BCBA-D from United States, Mr. Corey Robertson, MS, BCBA, United states and Ms. SmitaAwasthi, BCBA, India.

The valedictory function saw parents of children sharing success stories using principles of ABA. The presentations showed data based studies with video vignettes on how speech emerged in a 13 year old girl with autism, how a 12 year old girl in the autism spectrum learned a variety of occupational,daily living and leisure skills such as embroidery, cutting vegetables, drying out clothes, singing and making chappathis, how a mother taught her boy to respond to instructions and his name being called out.

The conference featured 24 paper presentations from experts from India and abroad on subjects such as teaching a five year old child with autism to participate in a story telling competition, Teaching receptive identification to a 10 year old boy with autism using stimulus transfer procedures, using task analysis and prompt fading procedures to teach adaptive skills to children with autism etc.

In his concluding Vote of thanks, the President, Mr. Sridhar Aravamudhan thanked the parents and professionals in the field for turning out in large numbers and participating in an amazing knowledge sharing experience. He also announced Chennai as the venue for the fourth Annual conference to be held in Dec 2013.

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President, ABA-India
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