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39th Annual Convention; Minneapolis, MN; 2013

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Invited Tutorial #333
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Establishment of the Social Learning Capability to Acquire the Names of Things Incidentally
Monday, May 27, 2013
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Ballroom B (Convention Center)
Area: DEV/EDC; Domain: Applied Research
PSY/BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: R. Douglas Greer, Ph.D.
Chair: Martha Pelaez (Florida International University)
Presenting Authors: : R. DOUGLAS GREER (Teachers College, Columbia University and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

The presenter will outline the evidence on how children come to learn language incidentally (incidental naming). According to the evidence, children do not receive direct instruction/reinforcement to learn either the speaker or listener responses for word-object relations, despite speculation to the contrary. Nevertheless, typically developing children need and do acquire as many as 85,000 words. Research in verbal behavior development identified how this occurs and how to establish this capability in children who lack naming.The presenter willoutline the protocols to do so and how instruction should change following its establishment, along with why naming is an essential for inclusion.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Graduate students and practicing BCBAs.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the event, participants will be able to: 1. Outline the evidence on how children learn language incidentally. 2. Explain why naming is an essential for inclusion. 3. Explain how to establish naming in children who lack this repertoire.
R. DOUGLAS GREER (Teachers College, Columbia University and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. R. Douglas Greer has sponsored 175 Ph.D. dissertations, taught more than 2,000 master's degree students, founded the Fred S. Keller School, authored 13 books and 155 research and conceptual papers, served on the editorial board of 10 journals, and developed the CABAS school model for special education and the Accelerated Independent Model for general education (K-5). He has been involved in research in verbal behavior and how it is acquired or how it may be established for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Fred S. Keller Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education from the American Psychological Association, International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and an award from the Westchester County Legislature for the contributions of the Fred S. Keller School. He is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and an CABAS board-certified senior behavior analyst and senior research scientist. He has taught courses at universities and/or developed schools in Spain, Norway, Nigeria, Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, England, Italy, and Wales.
Keyword(s): incidental naming, verbal behavior, word-object relations



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