Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W45
CE Offered: BACB
Motivating Learner Participation Without the Use of Escape Extinction.
Friday, May 23, 2008
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Continental C
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Robert Schramm, M.Ed.
ROBERT SCHRAMM (Institute Knopse - ABA (Germany))
Description: Through the principles and considerations of the Verbal Behavior approach to ABA, learn an invaluable seven step procedure for earning motivated learning from even the most unwilling participants without the use of forced physical prompts or escape extinction. Although this seven step format was originally developed for use by parents and therapists involved with "in-Home" interventions for non-verbal children with autism, the "Seven Steps to Earning Instructional Control" can be remarkably functional in all forms of school, clinic, and public settings for intermediate and advanced learners as well.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn... to value the importance of learner assent in home, clinic and education settings. creative and practical methods for controlling the access to reinforcement in the environment as a tool for earning Instructional Control. the value and process of Pairing oneself with reinforcement in the eyes of the learner as a tool for Instructional Control. the value and process of being meticulously contingent with words and actions as a tool for earning Instructional Control. the differences between positive and negative reinforcement and why one is valued over the other in earning instructional control with an unmotivated or unwilling learner. to effectively use a Variable Ratio of Reinforcement and how to increase that ratio over time as a tool for earning Instructional Control. to prioritize learning objectives "on the fly" and use differential reinforcment effectively as a tool for earning Instructional Control. to how to best use Extinction and Negative Punishment procedures as a tool for earning instructional control while preparing for and protecting against the extinction burst. the concept of a Teaching Arc and how you can prolong the value of your teaching over several different reinforcing teaching settings for the length of your teaching interactions.
Activities: Following a detailed explanation of the Seven Steps to Instructional Control. Watching 9 separate videos demonstrating these steps in action (both individually and in combination). Participate in open discussion and questions about the Seven Steps to Instructional Control. Role play participation in a Teaching Arc (if time permits).
Audience: Parents, Teachers, Therapists, and Behavior Analysts working to encourage motivated learning from children with autism spectrum disorder or other unmotivated or unwilling learners.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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