The 12th Annual Autism Conference, put on by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) is in Miami, Florida, February 4-6. The event brings together behavior analysts, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) agencies, from around the world to hear about cutting edge developments pertaining to autism treatment. One such company is the Polish tech firm DrOmnibus.
Is this your first time in the U.S.?
The company is no stranger to the U.S., as they qualified to join Google’s LaunchPad Accelerator program – one of only four European companies, and the only company in the ABA industry, to do so. Members of the DrOmnibus team spent two weeks in San Francisco with a variety of tech-startup specialists helping to prepare their entry into the U.S. market. The overall program was six months in duration, and organized by the Global Google Developers team for tech startups that have already shown market success. The LauchPad Accelerator aims to help companies like DrOmnibus reach another million users.
The DrOmnibus team also attended the annual ABAI conference in Denver in May of 2017 and has partnered with approximately 40 other behavior analysts in the U.S. to further prepare their entry into the U.S. market. The partnerships help to ensure that the company maximally benefits Board Certified Behavior Analysts working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.
What are your findings pertaining to the needs of therapists?
The company’s extensive market research indicates that behavior analysts are faced with two main challenges. The first relates to time management. Behavior analysts managing a clinical caseload are busy people. Their time is frequently divided between supervision sessions, scheduling with families during constrained time frames, cancellations, onboarding, and many others.
The second main challenge is one of technology. Generally speaking, the ABA industry still has a long way to go before the infamous “client binders” become a thing of the past. In 2018, technology can replace cumbersome binders, data sheets, and forms. Technology can also automate data collection, graphing, and insurance reimbursement, thereby freeing up more time for behavior analysts to do what they do best – improve the lives of the children and families they serve.
How will you address therapists’ needs?
The company is meeting the above challenges through the ABA DrOmnibus app. The app consists of nearly 7,000 tasks embedded within interactive skill-building games. Standard ABA techniques are also embedded into the app, such as prompt hierarchies, a token economy, and skill individualization.
In the coming months, DrOmnibus will release a comprehensive and interactive resource database that streamlines the process of developing program materials. The database will feature tag-and-search algorithms, allowing BCBAs to bring up resources according to a variety of parameters, such as the color, form, or function of objects. The database will be further supplemented with an extensive array of video modelling resources to facilitate ABA programs as well as training for front-line staff and parents.
How does the app handle data?
All behavior analysts know that data collection is absolutely critical for a successful ABA program. That is why we are excited to show our new automated data collection and graphing features in our app at the conference. The new data features will link to other new features, such as the ability to create probe trials on the spot based on real-time data feeds. Users will also have the ability to download and print the graphs for integration into reports.
We can’t wait to show off these and many other features of our ABA DrOmnibus app in Miami!
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