BACA staff travel to annual convention


BACA Executive Director Carl Sundberg (right) and Devon Sundberg, BACA administrative director. (Submitted photo)

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism is sending 15 staff members to the 38th-annual Association for Behavior Analysis International convention May 25-26 in Seattle.

The ABAI convention offers a unique opportunity to connect with thousands of highly qualified attendees who work in the autism field and learn about emerging trends and innovative technologies.

In addition, the BACA staff will take a tour of Morningside Academy, a nonprofit school that helps elementary and middle school students catch up and get ahead by integrating a number of research-based instructional technologies including direct instruction, Precision Teaching (a precise and systematic method of evaluating instructional tactics and curricula) and talk-aloud problem solving, all within a behavior analysis framework. Typical Morningside students had not performed to their potential in their previous schools, but have average to above-average IQs, and might have diagnoses such as ADHD and mild learning disabilities.

Morningside’s nationally acclaimed Foundations program includes reading, language arts and math, with basic skills and thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills embedded in each. Students enrolled in the middle school program master foundation skills, learn how to succeed in content courses and study project-based learning strategies. After the tour, the BACA staff will attend a mini workshop in Precision Teaching procedures.

BACA provides a continuum of applied behavior analysis services to children and young adults with autism in four different locations, including new centers in Zionsville and Elkhart. Treatment is based on current research findings from the most experienced scholars in the field of behavior analysis in the areas of teaching language, social, self-help, academic and employment skills.