Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W9
CE Offered: BACB
The Language Matrix in Intensive Early Intervention: Developing Generative Natural Social Language in Challenging Cases.
Friday, May 23, 2008
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
International North
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D.
ERIC V. LARSSON (Lovaas Institute Midwest)
Description: In intensive early intervention with young children with autism, a great number of language skills are often taught. This workshop will show how such skills can be developed in a coherent conceptual framework, enabling productive treatment planning, trouble-shooting, and program evaluation. A four-dimensional matrix of social language skills will be used to design an overall generative process of language development. The matrix of skills is addressed across generalization modalities, syntax forms, conditional discriminations, and functional communicative relationships. After receptive and expressive skills are developed, the matrix naturally flows into auditory comprehension and creative language production skills. The organization of the language curriculum can be used to control the pacing of related social skills in a systematic manner. Complex social contingencies will be addressed to ensure that the child is not only acquiring social skills, but is using those skills functionally throughout the child's 24-hour and 7-day life. Data obtained from children in intensive early intervention will be presented to demonstrate how the generative curriculum can improve the progress of children with severely challenging language disorders.
Learning Objectives: 1, Detail information necessary to plan and program children�s language curriculums into a coherent whole. 2, State how to develop generative language skills rather than rote language skills. 3, Implement conditions that promote the production and comprehension of generative language learning. 4, Program across generalization modalities, syntax forms, conditional discriminations, and functional communication relationships. 5, Implement programs that promote creative language production and auditory comprehension through generative language learning. 6, Program genuinely functional social language skills.
Activities: Didactic instruction, video taped presentations, demonstrations.
Audience: Parents, lead therapists, line therapists, consultants, and students. Participants should have a basic understanding of behavioral terms used in intensive early intervention. At least one-month's experience with intensive early intervention is preferable.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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