JKP Analysts; Professor, Entrepreneur, Behavior Scientist


Living a good life: moving beyond challenging behavior

BACB Type 2 CEU available  - 1.0 CE credit

People with severe disabilities and especially challenging behavior are often forgotten or devalued as simply being a problem to solve.  In this keynote, through several case reviews we will describe our approach to consumers whose identity was so intertwined with the challenging behavior that their individuality was obscured by diagnoses and labels.  By leveraging our science, these people were able to set goals and achieve them while reducing the challenges presented by behavioral problems.  In this presentation, we will present success stories (and a failure or two) to highlight to an approach that uses the science of behavior analysis to help people look beyond their challenging behavior to highlight their individual potential over against their labels and diagnoses.  Through this lens, the science of behavior analysis shines a light on their true potential as an individual and provides guidance on how they can strive for just that. 


About Josh Pritchard

Marine biologist and goldfish trainer, Josh Pritchard, was early in his career when he realised his passion lay outside biology and training fish to play football. Adamant that behaviour was ultimately a science, Josh was challenged to take up the debate with the Chair of his university’s ABA program. This kindred and spirited conversation led him into the ABA field where he has authored dozens of peer-reviewed papers, written multiple book chapters, and is currently developing an online master’s course in ABA for the Southern Illinois University. 


As a previous Melbourne resident (he spent a summer here on a university zoology scholarship), Josh is looking forward to visiting some old haunts. As a previous seller of Cutco knives, ABA Today delegates can expect a sharp keynote and a cutting-edge masterclass.

A BCBA-D and polished ABA presenter, Josh will challenge ABA Today delegates to look differently at challenging behaviours as they are enacted by children with autism.

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