Cultivate @ SXSW Edu 2019: Using Improv To Help Students Learn

As a rapidly growing business in the field of behavioral health, we at Cultivate are constantly seeking opportunities to showcase our commitment to innovate in the field of Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Last week, we got to do EXACTLY that, by presenting at this year’s SXSW EDU. With that in mind, Rob, our Chief Operations Manager, and Omar, one of our Operations Manager, got together and came up with “Improv-Ed,” an informal strategy for applying improvisation through interactive games and exercises to help students with autism learn and grow. Through this approach, both Omar and Rob focus on utilizing reinforcement in combination with some qualities from improvisation, such as collaboration, spontaneity, playfulness, and decisiveness, to enhance the learning experience of others.

About the speakers:

Rob El Fattal, M.S., BCBA

Rob is the Founder and CEO of Cultivate and truly loves the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Early on, Rob was trained by one of the world's most reputable ABA agencies and took that experience and training to every setting that he's worked. He's worked most positions in Special Education ranging from Behavior Technician in a classroom, to Licensed Teacher, to Program Administrator. In addition, Rob also has extensive experience working in Higher Education as a Part-Time Instructor for both undergrad and graduate students. He has served in private-practice as a Clinical Case Supervisor, BCBA, and CEO of a growing private-practice in California, which is now based in Austin, TX. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 


Omar Abdullah, Ph.D

Omar Abdullah is an interdisciplinary scholar, comedian, communication consultant, and a media producer. He earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis. He is the founder of OA Consulting Group, which helps individuals and organizations improve their communication skills and social dexterity. Currently, he is the Community Outreach Manager for Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education, seeking to raise awareness regarding autism treatment through applied behavior analysis.

Additionally, his comedic work has been featured on the front page of Funny or Die and SF Sketchfest. He enjoys facilitating applied improv workshops, emceeing engaging keynote events, and brainstorming marketing pitches through storytelling. Omar's recent research has centered on how improvisational methodologies can help build inclusive communities and express diverse viewpoints.


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