Vicci Tucci and Nipa Bhuptani

Many amazing journeys started with these words from Vicci Tucci:

“Yeah come over; I have a cottage outside my house. You can come and stay here.”

And so began Nipa Bhuptani’s collaboration with Vicci Tucci, and her successful implementation of the Competent Learner Model in the United Arab Emirates.

About Nipa:

In the heart of Abu Dhabi, nestled within the vibrant landscape of autism advocacy and education, Nipa Bhuptani stands as a beacon of inspiration. Her journey, marked by passion, determination, and innovation, has led to the establishment of two groundbreaking initiatives: the Autism Support Network Abu Dhabi (ASNAD) and the Applied & Behavior Training Institute (ABTi).

♦ The Genesis of Autism Support Network Abu Dhabi: Fostering Community and Support

Over three decades ago, Nipa’s career in early childhood education unveiled a glaring need; the lack of resources and support for children with developmental disabilities. This realization sparked a relentless drive within her to make a tangible difference. Thus, ASNAD was born, starting as a humble gathering in Nipa’s own home. What began as a small network has blossomed into a thriving community hub, providing invaluable support, resources, and a sense of belonging to hundreds of families in Abu Dhabi.

♦ Applied and Behavior Training Institute: Empowering Learners Through Education and Early Intervention

As ASNAD flourished, Nipa identified another critical need – structured training and intervention programs for children with autism. ABTi emerged as the answer, offering a comprehensive approach to empower trainers, parents, and professionals. Unlike traditional centers, ABTi focuses on delivering early intervention services within natural settings, harnessing the power of everyday environments to facilitate learning and growth.

♦ Reflecting on Challenges and Triumphs

Nipa’s journey hasn’t been without its challenges. From navigating licensing requirements to managing startup costs, the path to establishing ABTi was paved with hurdles. Yet, through perseverance and unwavering dedication, Nipa overcame these obstacles, driven by her commitment to serving individuals with autism and their families.

♦ Competent Learner Model: A Game-Changer in Autism Education

Nipa describes The Competent Learner Model (CLM), which she has successfully implemented at ABTi, as a revolutionary approach that transcends traditional instructional methods. Based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), direct instruction, and precision teaching, CLM isn’t just a curriculum; it’s a comprehensive implementation model equipped with all the necessary tools for learners, instructors, and administrators. By systematically teaching learners to participate across various instructional conditions, CLM fosters competency and independence, paving the way for lifelong learning and growth.

♦ Embracing the Future with Hope and Determination

In any conversation with Nipa, her passion for her work and unwavering dedication to the autism community shine through. Her story serves as a testament to the power of perseverance, innovation, and community support in creating a brighter future for individuals with autism and their families.

In conclusion, Nipa Bhuptani’s journey is a testament to the transformative impact of community support, innovative education, and unwavering determination in the field of autism advocacy and education. Through ASNAD, ABTi, and the Competent Learner Model, she continues to pave the way for a more inclusive and empowered future for individuals with autism worldwide.

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Nipa will collaboratively present two presentations at ABAI ‘24. One of her presentations is a highly prestigious “invited paper”. Read below for more information:

Pioneering Behavior Analysis in the United Arab Emirates: Challenges, Solutions and The Road Ahead
Monday, May 27, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon H

Abstract:
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a relatively novel field of practice internationally. This presentation outlines the evolution of ABA service delivery in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) across the past two decades. It is presented by the first Certified Behavior Analyst registered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in the UAE. Unique challenges and solutions are demonstrated in relation to three key areas: service delivery, certification and supervision, and systemic change. Introducing Behavior Analysis to a region characterized by multicultural diversity and establishing a clinical/ educational ABA practice has come with a unique set of challenges. This includes limited access to resources, overcoming professional isolation and navigating ethical dilemmas. It also addresses the diverse origins and cultural complexities of clients and staff. Various strategies for overcoming these challenges will be presented with an emphasis on the importance of ethical conduct by Behaviorists implementing in multicultural settings.

The Competent Learner Model (CLM), an implementation system encompassing a tiered model of education and staff coaching with best practice ABA provides a valuable resource for service providers globally. Shaping individual actions to foster behavior-analytic organizational systems is of paramount importance. This offers insights into interventions, family support, training, and competence building across the field of ABA.

Instruction Level: Intermediate

The Competent Learner Model (CLM) System: A Framework for Trauma-Informed Practice in Education
Monday, May 27, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon E

Abstract:
Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) principles into Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practice within the field of education is vital, particularly for students with additional needs. This symposium highlights the integration of TIC principles—acknowledging trauma, ensuring safety and trust, promoting choice and shared governance, and emphasizing skill building—into the Competent Learner Model (CLM).

CLM is a comprehensive ABA-based implementation system that combines Precision Teaching (PI) and Direct Instruction (DI) to enhance learning in students with educational and behavioral challenges. The CLM framework encompasses student assessment and curriculum, staff training, and certified coaching to ensure proficient application of behavioral principles across four phases of implementation. The foundational lessons systematically teach Participation Skills across instructional conditions, to accelerate skill development resulting in reduction of interfering or escape-maintained behaviors. This symposium demonstrates the efficacy of CLM as a compassionate approach for improving student outcomes and fostering inclusivity in a variety of educational settings. CLM serves as a valuable resource for behaviorists and educators who are interested in implementing trauma-informed care practices within educational environments, showcasing its potential as a replicable system-wide intervention model.

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