Dr. Joyce C. Tu, founder and director of Center for Behavioral Sciences and our related company, ABA Unlimited, traveled to China again last week to present four days of behavior analysis workshops in two cities: Haikou and Guangdong, the most populous cities in southern China’s Hainan and Guangdong provinces. Filled to capacity, there were about 500 attendees—primarily educators and physicians. This is a repeat performance for Dr. Tu, who has presented a series of six applied behavior analysis (“ABA”) workshops in China in three consecutive years, reportedly earning unanimous praise from frontline teachers, industry experts and institutional leaders.
These presentations were jointly sponsored by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (“CDPF”) and the Ai You foundation. The CDPF champions disability rights and is commissioned by the Chinese government. The Ai You foundation is the world’s largest organization devoted to offering medical assistance to orphans and financially disadvantaged children.
With increasing recognition of ABA as an effective treatment for autism and other disorders, the need for ABA training has spiked dramatically worldwide. Last week’s workshops are another part of Dr. Tu’s ongoing initiative to help disseminate behavioral analytic science across borders.
Dr. Tu has over twenty years’ experience providing one-on-one ABA services, training, workshops, and supervision, and has previously lectured and presented ABA workshops in the U.S. and overseas in Bahrain, China, India and Romania. She is the current Vice President of the B.F. Skinner Foundation, and Past President of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (“CalABA”).