Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W33
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
It’s Just Good Teaching: The application of the learn unit, verbal behavior, and verbal developmental milestones
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 226 AB
Area: VRB/TBA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor:
SHIRA A. ACKERMAN (Columbia University Teachers College), Dawn M Sidell (Northwest Autism Center), Joshua Fouts (Northwest Autism Center)
Description: The verbal behavior approach has been successfully implemented within an inclusive preschool for children with autism and their typically developing peers in Eastern Washington. Domino Project Preschool services six children on the autism spectrum and six children who have been considered typically developing by their pediatricians. Verbal Behavior is a research-based approach used to provide intensive and appropriate instruction for all students based on their current level of verbal development. The verbal developmental milestones and verbal behavior analysis theory created by Greer & Ross, 2008, is the methodology implemented in the preschool. The full day workshop will provide in-depth instruction on how to implement key components of verbal behavior with children with autism. Attendees will also receive opportunities for hands-on practice with the guidance of the instructors. Data will also be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the verbal behavior approach at Domino Project Preschool.
Learning Objectives: Learn the background of Northwest Autism Center and how Domino Project Preschool began. Learn the key components of verbal behavior and the verbal developmental milestones. Learn how to implement the key components of verbal behavior. Data will be provided to support the usage of the verbal behavior approach at Domino Project Preschool.
Activities: Attendees will participate in lecture, discussion, and question and answer sessions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to work in small groups to practice strategies presented. Videos will be used throughout.
Audience: Educators, Administrators, Related Service Providers, Behavior Analysts, and other professionals from a variety of disciplines wokring in public or private educational settings with and without students diagnosed with autism or other developmental disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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