Applied Behavior Analysis: Working Within Schools

Presenter Bios

Dr. Cathy Pratt is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) located at Indiana University. In addition, Dr. Pratt is the director of the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative and is a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). Dr. Pratt serves on numerous Advisory Boards, including the Temple Grandin/Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund and the College Internship Program. In the past, she served on the Board of the national Autism Society and is a past Chair. Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors and the Public Policy Committee for the Autism Society.

Dr. Pratt has been honored by the Autism Society with the Individual Achievement Award, with the 2005 Princeton Fellowship Award, and with various awards through NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children, Inc.), including recognition from the United States House of Representatives. In 2008, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education. Dr. Pratt was the Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. In 2016, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Charles Heineman Allied Professional Award through the Indiana Psychological Association.

Kristie Koch is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Owner and Director of School-Based Behavior Consultation. Mrs. Koch has experience implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in not only clinic, home, and community settings, but also primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational settings. She worked at the Ball State Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, coordinating a peer mentoring program, pairing BSU students on the spectrum with other BSU students, using goal setting and self-management strategies. That experience afforded her a unique opportunity to learn from the adults with ASD she supported. She carries insights gained into all her work with students.

Mrs. Koch developed and implemented a K12, public school, ABA related service program. In collaboration with educators and administrators, Mrs. Koch’s school-based ABA program was effective in increasing student inclusion and overall academic success. She developed policies and guidance for best practice and is knowledgeable on the benefits and pitfalls of school-based ABA, utilizing available funding sources, marrying ABA and the school setting, and ways schools and ABA providers can adapt to support a successful union.


Some parents opt to have their children attend an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) program during their early years. The goal of these programs is to enhance skills related to behavior, social skills, communication, and other related skills. At some point, the decision is often made to move them back to a typical school setting. However, moving from an ABA clinic to an educational program may present certain challenges and must be done well. This workshop will discuss the potential role of ABA in school, and the logistics involved. The differences between educational programming and ABA programming will be highlighted. And finally, speakers will discuss how ABA strategies can be implemented in an educational setting.

Goals & Objectives:

Attendees Will Learn:

  • The difference between ABA clinical services and educational services.
  • How to effectively transition a child from ABA to a school setting.
  • How ABA strategies can be implemented in an educational setting.


  • Models for ABA programs/clinics to collaborate with schools.
  • How clinic-based ABA providers can adapt when transitioning to a school setting.
  • How school staff can adapt to support school-based ABA implementation.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts), special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, autism consultants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, family members, and any other professional working with individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Cost & Registration

  • The registration fee for this workshop is $50 which includes downloadable handouts.
  • Payment is by credit, debit, check, or purchase order. A limited number of slots are available, so participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Once registered, you will receive the link for the Zoom Workshop on the payment confirmation page, as well as via email on your invoice from
  • Registration and payments are processed online by Indiana University (IU) Conferences.
  • All registrations are final. No money will be refunded.

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Additional Details

Certificates of Attendance for 5.5 instructional hours will be available at no charge and can be used for:

  • Professional Growth Plan points.
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Continuing Education hours for Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants licensing requirements.
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Category 1 Continuing Education for Social Workers (LSW), Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Addiction Counselors (LAC), Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT), Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), and Clinical Addiction Counselors (LCAC) licensing requirements.
  • Type II BCBA Credits will also be available at no cost by emailing Dr. Cathy Pratt at

For information on Consumer Education Funds for family members or individuals with disabilities in Indiana, see or call 317-232-7770.

If you have questions about the workshop content, please contact Cathy Pratt ( at 812-855-6508. All registration payment questions should be directed to IU Conferences ( at 800-933-9330.

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you have questions about accessibility or have a request for alternative formats or other accommodations, please contact Claire Tafoya at  or at 812-855-6508 with your request at least three weeks in advance of the event. The deadline to request accommodations for this workshop is October 13, 2022.