Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W3
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using the Developmental Play Assessment to Guide in the Identification and Teaching of Developmentally Appropriate Play Skills
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 121 BC
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Amos Rolider, Ph.D.
JAMES T. ELLIS (Melmark New England), Barbara O'Malley Cannon (Melmark New England), Kristi Lombardo (Melmark New England), Christine D. Almeida (Newton Public Schools)
Description: Children with autism spectrum disorders typically present with impairments in their play skills, both in terms of the presence of repetitive or stereotyped play and the absence of symbolic play. To be most effective in improving the play skills of children with autism spectrum disorders, it is important to target and teach play skills that are developmentally appropriate. An overview of the typical developmental progression of play skills in young children will be presented, along with the Developmental Play Assessment (DPA), a curriculum-based assessment tool designed to guide the intervention of play skills for children with developmental delays. Results of research supporting the use of the DPA to target developmentally appropriate play objectives and outcome data will be shared. This overview will walk participants through the process of using the information gained from this assessment to develop individualized goals and objectives. Next, various procedures for intervening with children’s play will be presented, including errorless teaching procedures, visual scripts, and video modeling. Participants will have the opportunity to practice developing individualized curricula to teach play skills, as well as procedures for collecting and analyzing data will be reviewed. Finally, procedures for embedding play instruction within typical preschool environments will be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: 1) Use the Developmental Play Assessment to identify strengths and needs in children’s play skills 2) Develop goals and behavioral objectives for children’s play skills 3)Identify instructional strategies and prompting methods to teach play skills 4)Develop individualized curricula to teach play skills 5)Determine data collection systems for measuring play skills
Activities: Workshop activities include didactic instruction, discussion, and video clips depicting different levels of play as well as different play intervention procedures. Participants will have the opportunity to practice data collection and engage in small group activities that focus on the development of goals and individualized curricula given case study examples.
Audience: Individuals working with young children with autism or other developmental delays, such as special education teachers, psychologists, or speech and language pathologists.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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