Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Sixth Annual Autism Conference; Philadelphia, PA; 2012

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Evidence-Based Communication Approaches for Children With Autism
Friday, January 27, 2012
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom D
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
ANDY BONDY (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Description: The selection of an approach to help children with autism acquire communication skills is remarkably challenging. This workshop will review many of the issues that relate to evidence-based practices that aim to improve broad language skills, including the acquisition of an array of verbal operants as well as skills associated with "the listener" (traditionally viewed as receptive skills). While the hallmark of applied behavior analysis involves many hundreds of single-subject designs looking at particular skills, many practitioners attempt to use "packages," that is, an organization of target skills and teaching strategies, including those involving generalization. We will review the evidence that particular packages work, either in terms of outcome measures or in comparison to other packages. We also will review other issues, including skills to be targeted, whether there is support for a particular ordering of these skills, and how modality impacts the acquisition of functional communication. We will review several modalities and also consider issues related to the successful transition from one modality to another, including issues related to our ethical responsibilities. Furthermore, consideration must be given to programs/packages that are derived from non-behaviorally based strategies with regard to their evidence for effectiveness. Rather than trying to provide a definitive answer to "Which strategy is universally the best?" guidelines for the most appropriate questions to ask will be offered.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the event, the participant will be able to: 1.Identify key language skills noted by behavioral and developmental perspectives 2.Identify key language packages and their level of empirical support 3.Identify key broad intervention packages and their level of empirical support
Activities: _
Audience: Certified behavior analysts, behavioral consultants, behavioral therapists, clinicians, educational consultants, psychologists, special education teachers, and individuals working with children with autism or other developmental delays.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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