Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 887–898 | Cite as

Delivering Home-Supported Applied Behavior Analysis Therapies to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

  • Andrea DennisonEmail author
  • Emily M. Lund
  • Matthew T. Brodhead
  • Lilibeth Mejia
  • Ashley Armenta
  • Jesi Leal
Special Section: Diversity and Inclusion


The selection and adoption of culturally appropriate targets and practices, especially for home-based or parent-supported services, is an emerging interest in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Variations in cultural norms, caregivers’ ability to participate in home-based service delivery, and family and practitioner linguistic competencies are some of the areas that the culturally competent ABA therapist must consider when designing a home-based program of therapy. Given the paucity of empirical research related to cultural competency in ABA service provision, the goal of the current article is to provide practitioners, their supervisors, and researchers with information to overcome many perceived barriers to successfully working with clients whose home languages or cultures differ from that of the dominant U.S. culture. Practical examples, integration of research from ABA and allied fields, and terminology are used to support these points and provide actionable guidance grounded in empirical literature.


Applied behavior analysis Autism Bilingual English language learners Hispanic Immigrant Latino Latinx Multicultural Spanish 



This study was not funded.

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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Dennison declares that she has no conflict of interest. Dr. Lund declares that she has no conflict of interest. Dr. Brodhead declares that he has no conflict of interest. Ms. Mejia declares that she has no conflict of interest. Ms. Armenta declares that she has no conflict of interest. Ms. Leal declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  2. 2.St. Cloud State UniversitySt CloudUSA
  3. 3.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  4. 4.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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