ORABA mourns the loss of Senator Alan Bates

batesSenator Bates passed away on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at age 71. ORABA was fortunate to work closely with Senator Bates for a number of years on legislative efforts aimed at helping families affected by autism. Senator Bates worked tirelessly to bring together advocacy groups, providers, and payors, and to reach compromise among those who often had vastly different perspectives and priorities. Thanks to his leadership, Oregon became the 34th state to require health plan coverage of ABA treatment for children with autism. Oregon has lost a dedicated public servant and an amazing leader. Our thoughts are with Senator Bates’ family, he will be missed.

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Chicago ABAI Convention 2016

ORABA members staying up-to-date on the research and making new connections at ABAI!


ORABA at Chicago ABAI Convention 2016

We just got back from an amazing annual convention of Association for Behavior Analysis International, held in Chicago, IL. Three ORABA board members were able to attend and split up so that we could see the widest variety of presentations, from Experimental Analysis of Behavior (EAB): Assessing Motivation in Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA): Designing Courses Based on Research and Theory in Behavior Analysis and Psychology.

It was wonderful to connect with the Northwest and Midwestern chapters of ABAI at the expo and to meet practitioners and researchers in person. We will soon post highlights from our favorite presentations. Thank you to all who attended and presented.

ORABA Quarterly Meeting: Dr. Jim Carr from the BACB, February 13, 2016

1 ethics CEU, 1 type 2 CEU available

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ORABA Quarterly Meeting February 13th 2016 flyer

Happy New Year!


From 2014-2015, ORABA membership grew from 30 to 40, and BACB-certified providers in Oregon grew from 56 to 72! The insurance reimbursement effects of Senate Bills 365 and 696 meant a new level of access to quality ABA services for Oregonians in 2015.

Why is it so important that Oregon children have access to quality ABA services?

In 2015, ORABA

  • participated in legislation action regarding Senate Bill 696 and the rule-making committee for the Oregon Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board
  • created and maintained active social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook to connect with the ABA world
  • organized and hosted a Safety-Care Training by QBS (Quality Behavior Services) on ABA-based crisis prevention and management for local ABA practitioners
  • hosted quarterly presentations with guest experts such as Tim Hackenberg on token economies and Tony Biglan on nurturing enviroments.

In 2016, ORABA will

2016 Membership Renewal

If you haven’t yet done so, please click the button for the membership type that fits you best. You will be taken to PayPal, where you can pay securely via major credit or debit cards, your bank account, or an e-check. After completing this process, you will automatically be directed to an ORABA membership page where you can register for our practitioner directory and be added to our member email list. (Registration is optional but recommended. Providing ORABA with your membership data helps us to offer professional support and workshops that match your needs and interests.)

$60 BACB Certified

A person who is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA), and who works full- or part-time in behavior analysis.

$60 Professional

A person holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field, who works full- or part-time in behavior analysis. Examples: An interventionist with a BA in education, or a paraprofessional with a BA in psychology working in an ABA classroom.

$30 Student

A person classified as a student in a program of study leading to a degree in behavior analysis (or an affiliated degree) or enrolled in required coursework for BACB® certification standards. Verification of student status must be provided by the student and by an administrator at the home institution. Examples: A student enrolled in an Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT) training program, enrolled in coursework to fulfill BCBA certification requirements, or working towards an MA with a major/minor in ABA.

$30 Associate

A person holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field other than behavior analysis, who works full- or part-time in a field other than behavior analysis. Examples: A special education teacher, a 1:1 paraprofessional working in a third-grade classroom, an occupational therapist, or a licensed professional counselor.

$30 Affiliate

A person interested in behavior analysis who does not qualify for the other membership categories. Examples: A consumer of ABA services, or a family member of a person who has received ABA services.

Training Opportunity: Crisis management and Safety-Care™ 11/9-11/13

Quality Behavioral Solutions (QBS, Inc) will be offering a crisis management and safety care training in the Portland, OR area on Monday 11/9, Tuesday 11/10, and Thursday 11/12. An additional training, Safety-Care for Families™, will be available on Friday 11/13. There will be no training on Wednesday 11/11 in honor of Veterans Day. Trainings will be held in Wilsonville, OR at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Check out our events listing for more information.

Safety-CareTm Behavioral Safety Training program provides the skills and competencies necessary to effectively prevent, minimize, and manage behavioral challenges with dignity, safety, and the possibility of change.  Using the newest and most effective technologies from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), this Safety-Care program will provide your staff with strategies for not only preventing and managing behavioral challenges, but also to effectively teaching replacement behaviors.  Appropriate for individuals experiencing developmental, neurologic, psychiatric and other impairments, Safety-Care will result in a more positive reinforcement based approach, the development of new skills, and fewer restraints.

To read more about Safety-Care™ and reserve your spot, follow this link and click “more info & register.”


Legislation Action: submit your comments on upcoming BARB licensing rule changes

The Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board recently convened a Rules Advisory Committee to give input on proposed rules changes, especially those affecting the supervision of interventionists in Oregon.  The 30-day public comment period for the new BARB rules opened on Sept 1. These rules will go into affect in November so now is your chance to give your input to the way our field is regulated in Oregon. ORABA will be submitting official comments but the more input practitioners and consumers give the BARB, the better these rules will support the availability of quality ABA services.

These rule changes especially affect interventionists and their supervision by licensed behavior analysts so input from any interventionists at this point would be valuable.

From the BARB website:

“Senate Bill 696 changes the composition of the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board, adds members and changes who the Board licenses and registers, and has spurred rule changes. To see a timeline of the proposed rulemaking schedule, click here.

Click here to read the proposed rules.

Public comment on this proposed language opens on Sept. 1 and closes at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30.

A public hearing will be held 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Rhoades Conference Room at the Health Licensing Office, 700 Summer St. NE, Suite 320.

Public comment can be sent to Policy Analyst Anne Thompson,, or via mail at this address:

Anne Thompson
Policy Analyst
Oregon Health Authority
700 Summer St NE Ste 320
Salem, OR 97301-1287″

Happy Hour in downtown Portland: September 30, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Suki’s Bar and Grill
2401 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

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What better way to connect with other people in ABA and kick back after work than a happy hour?!

Please fill out the form below to RSVP but it’s not required.

Disclaimer: this is an informal, social and networking event for members, not a sponsored ORABA event. ORABA is not responsible or liable for information provided or damages that might occur during this event and you will be responsible for buying your own food and drink.

ORABA Quarterly Meeting: Saturday October 17, 2015

1 pm to 2:30 pm

Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) Wilsonville
27500 SW Parkway Ave.
Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070

Joint Attention: Presentation of a single case study 

Joint attention, defined as shared attention on an object or event with another individual, is a pivotal social communication skill often missed by children with ASD. This talk will discuss joint attention from a behavior analytic perspective as well as share and discuss findings from a recent parent-mediated joint attention intervention for young children with ASD.

Sarah G. Hansen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon in Special Education with a focus on Early Intervention. Sarah received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Mills College in Oakland, California and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of California at Davis. Sarah’s research interests focus on preparing children with developmental disabilities for success in the preschool classroom through intervention on early social skills.

Wendy Machalicek, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in Special Education and research faculty with Educational and Community Supports. Educational and Community Supports (ECS) is a research unit within the College of Education at the University of Oregon that has operated since 1972. ECS focuses on the development and implementation of practices that result in positive, durable and scientifically substantiated change in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Federal and state funded projects support research, teaching, dissemination and technical assistance activities.

Dr. Machalicek’s scholarship is focused on developing effective behavior analytic assessment practices and interventions addressing the behavioral and educational needs of young children (18 months – 8 years of age) with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. She is particularly interested in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and in evaluating ways to improve the acquisition, generalization, and sustained use of evidence-based practices by caregivers, teachers, and schools.

She also co-directs Pearl Duck Autism Center, a collaboration between the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability’s (UCEDD) Early Autism Research and Learning for the Young Child (EARLY) program and Pearl Duck Center. See for more information.

Please forward this info to anyone who you think may be interested and post the flyer.

ORABA October 17 2015 Flyer

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