Psychologist dr. Jacqueline Schenk awarded valorisation award for Simple Steps programme


Photo: EGS3HPsychologist <link people jacqueline-schenk>dr. Jacqueline Schenk from the <link research research-areas pedagogical-and-educational-sciences>Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences was recently awarded the 2015 Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis for the 'Simple Steps' programme. The award is granted by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Simple Steps is a multi-media programme designed for parents and professionals to treat children with autism spectrum disorders. The programme is part of the Pan European research project STAMPPP II, which is funded by the ERC.

Simple Steps helps parents and professionals to understand the behaviour of the child through tutorials, animations, movie clips and practical exercises. The programme enables parents to positively stimulate the behavioural development of their child.

Social valorisation

The international dissemination of the material is an important form of social valorisation. The Simple Steps package has been translate into seven languages. In awarding the award the ABAI commission mentioned to have "much appreciation for the made efforts to make the project material accessible. The project is an excellent example of the effective dissemination of accurate, scientifically based tools and information to parents and caregivers".

Simple Steps is expected to be become available in the Netherlands in late 2014. In addition, a book is to be published on applied behaviour analysis and autism, including a chapter on Simple Steps.

STAMPPP II and ABAI

The STAMPPP project is led by Professor Mickey Keenan from the University of Ulster. In 2011 the project was awarded a grant from the Leonardo da Vinci programme, which in turn is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. Apart from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, six other European partners are involved.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International focuses on philosophy, science, application and education in the field of behaviour analysis. ABAI has branches in 42 countries and special interest groups in the areas of autism, neuroscience, behavioral and medical science. The ABAI advises the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA). The 2015 award will be presented at the 41st Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas USA, May 23, 2015.

Learn more about Simple Steps and research at the <link research research-areas pedagogical-and-educational-sciences>Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences by watching this video testimonial by dr. Jacqueline Schenk.

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