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sickofsocalledexperts Tue 26-Mar-13 08:22:35

After the fabulous ABA conference yesterday, and the odd but lovely experience of meeting mumsnetters in RL (and seeing people's bemused faces when I told them "this is StarlightMcKenzie, this is Moondog, drowninginlaundry, dev9aug", can I encourage all ABAers to join the new ABA society, the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis?

It's only a £10 annual fee for parents, and we need as many people to join as possible, so that the Society becomes a powerful advocate voice on behalf of ABA. It also aims to monitor and increase professionalism in the field.

I see it a bit like air cover for us ABA mums (and Dads) fighting in the trenches to win ABA!

sickofsocalledexperts Tue 26-Mar-13 08:29:14

Also, when the website is fully up and running it will give us loads of good ABA research to use

moondog Tue 26-Mar-13 18:29:01

Yes indeed. This will give you a voice in ABA provision in the uk as well as a one stop shop to exchange views, find professionals and so in. Very exciting. Sickof it was great to meet you T last as well as all the other lovely MNers who have created quite an impression!

sickofsocalledexperts Tue 26-Mar-13 18:46:20

It was so great to meet everyone and you especially , Moondog - your presentations showed what a beacon of light, efficiency and passion you are amidst the grey and dross of the SALT profession's attitude to autism.

I wish I'd seen that big carrot today!

And yes, the more mumsnetters who join the new ABA society, the better!

bochead Wed 27-Mar-13 08:28:51

Do you have to be following a proper formal ABA programme, or can you just be a DIYer?

As a DIYer (I dare not go further than advocating Linda Miller to my son's school as the LA already hates me). I'd be really interested as it would be really handy to be able to swap notes. There are lots of really great tips I picked up yesterday I'm really looking forward to passing onto some local Mums tomorrow.

It was really, really exciting to see OT's getting involved - my gut tells me there's a real breakthrough or two coming down the pipeline from that direction soon.

moondog Wed 27-Mar-13 08:46:22

No of course not Boc. Anyone with an interest is more than welcome. I agree about the OT thing. The project that the student I introduced you to I introduced you to is involved in is very exciting and the OTs involved are very pleased because they recognise that applying behaviour inch principles means quite simply that their work will be measured and gains captured. More measurement means more recognition of good work which otherwise is not recognised .

bochead Wed 27-Mar-13 12:09:22

I'm all for it being formally recognised as I'm still secretly rather miffed that a plane & banner has not been flown across London in recognition of my son's achievement this term of changing for swimming this term with no assistance.

(It took nine solid months of daily OT recc'd excercises for 20 mins most days).

tryingtokeepintune Wed 27-Mar-13 13:13:15

bochead is Linda Miller the writer of the 5P approach?

moondog Wed 27-Mar-13 19:06:04


OhYeaBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 22:46:01

sorry if it is a silly question but when you fill in your name etc and your statement and you press "sign up here" - the "sign up here" turns into a "wait" button - is that the end of the process for now - and someone gets back to me or does it mean that my pc isn't up to the job? I was kind of expecting to be asked to pay up after putting in my details...but maybe I need to be patient?

moondog Wed 27-Mar-13 22:47:50

Someone else said the same.
Don't know tbh.
It is ver' ver' brand spanking new.
I shall be joining myself tomorrow and will let you know!

salondon Wed 27-Mar-13 22:51:57

I was able to sign up today

salondon Wed 27-Mar-13 22:52:07

I was able to sign up today

OhYeaBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 23:14:30

ok thank you ladees

sickofsocalledexperts Thu 28-Mar-13 08:17:32

I think it is fixed now - thank you for joining!

sickofsocalledexperts Thu 28-Mar-13 08:18:43

I think that sometimes applications are checked first, hence the wait

bochead Thu 28-Mar-13 18:25:22

Yup - Linda Miller of the 5P approach. VERY diluted but can easily be adapted iykwim wink

working9while5 Sun 31-Mar-13 22:55:32

It won't take my money! Anyone had this? Receiving error page though have checked funds in account!

sickofsocalledexperts Mon 01-Apr-13 09:35:47

I thought they'd fixed this - let me check!

sickofsocalledexperts Mon 01-Apr-13 09:40:11

Did you pay through PayPal? I just tried and think that works

moondog Mon 01-Apr-13 14:31:32

It wouldn't take mine at first, but I contacted the moderator (Sean Rhodes). He advised me to try it again and lo! It works!

sickofsocalledexperts Mon 01-Apr-13 19:03:42

Thank you Moondog! Hi!

Also, can you sign the ABA-uk yahoo group petition currently underway? The new NICE consultation on autism has shockingly almost totally ignored ABA in favour of SALT. If you fancy a bank holiday laugh, just look at the membership of NICE's panel - no wonder SALT came out tops, turkeys don't vote for Christmas!

moondog Mon 01-Apr-13 19:20:36

Oh dear.Can you link?
I can never work out how to get onto that.
NHS Evidence has tonnes of good stuff to say about ABA.
I collected all the refs. a couple of years ago. I'd be glad to share with anyone. smile

sickofsocalledexperts Mon 01-Apr-13 19:37:01

Here it is - a very long doc, but it is the concluding recommendations on particularly speech and challenging behaviours that I found most waffly and just preserving the status quo.

Would be very interested in your views and also those references you have collected - do you still have my email?

Disappointing of NICE, as they are supposed to be all about the evidence.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 01-Apr-13 19:59:01

I guess this is SALT's answer to the cochrane review, - a way for them to keep their jobs by getting NICE to say they should.

I can't see NICE endorsing ABA. How could they risk being expected to fund it?

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