Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W93
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching Conversational Skills to Children With Autism
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 221 AB
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Richard M. Foxx, PH.D.
CHERISH TWIGG (Establishing Operations, Inc.), Holly R. Kibbe (Establishing Operations, Inc.)
Description: This workshop is designed to teach participants the pre-requisite and component skills necessary for teaching learner initiated multiple exchange conversation around a motivating topic. Conversation components will be discussed specific to the verbal operants and illustrated using videotaped examples of children with autism. A strong emphasis will be placed on using the motivating operation and outlining specific prompt fading techniques to teach each objective. The workshop will further teach participants how to bring these components together to teach conversation which is natural and occurring under the control of socially mediated positive reinforcement.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to: Identify and teach mands for attention Identify and teach mands for information Identify and teach novel answers to questions (intraverbals) Combine skills to teach reciprocal conversation
Activities: Participants will be required to: Give examples of ways to contrive motivation for mands for information Give examples for each step of prompt fading for teaching novel intraverbals Give examples of how to use a mand for information or attention to start and maintain a conversation
Audience: The recommended target audience for this workshop is behavior analysts currently working with children with autism. It is also recommended that participants have experience teaching verbal behavior to these children.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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