Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W4
CE Offered: BACB
Mand Training: Beyond Asking for Items, Intervention Strategies and Tactics for Students with Autism
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 125
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: William H. Ahearn, Ph.D.
AMIRIS DIPUGLIA (PaTTAN/ PA Verbal Behavior Project), Michael Miklos (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Net)
Description: Mand training involves the critical skill of teaching students to ask for what they want. Although a central focus of mand training initially involves teaching students to ask for preferred items, a range of other mand skills are necessary components of a competent mand repertoire. The Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project has provided intensive behavioral intervention consultation for children with autism for the past seven years. Over that period, teachers have been provided instruction and support in delivering mand training. The mand repertoire necessary for effective social functioning includes skills beyond asking to obtain preferred items. this workshop will review the conceptual basis and procedures for teaching mands for attention, peer to peer manding, mands for information, and multiple component mands. The workshop will suggest skill sequences for mand intervention. Suggestions related to the effective manipulation of motivative operations for each mand skill will be reviewed. Participants will be provided protocols for teaching the various mand skills and a training manual delineating basic mand procedures. the presentation will include videotape demonstrations and particpant practice.
Learning Objectives: 1. Particpants will identify sequences for teaching various mand skills including variables suggesting the timing of introducing new skills. 2. Particpants will discuss evocative and function altering effects of various stimuli in relation to the mand frame for each protocol presented. 3. Particpants will differentiate variables related to response form selection in relation to specific aspects of the mand repertoire. 4. Participants will demonstarte instructional behaviors specific to various mand training protocols.
Activities: 1. Lecture and demonstration of conceptual and procedural content. 2. Guided practice sessions for various mand protocols. 3. Protocol review of mand sequence assessments. 4. Practice in data collection and decision making processes.
Audience: 1. Behavior Analysts providing consultation and program design of behavioral interventions for studnets with autism. 2. Direct instructional staff serving studnets with autism. 3. Other interested in the application of the analysis of verbal behavior.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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