Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Special Event #413
CE Offered: BACB
2006 ABA Tutorial: Teaching Safety Skills to Children
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Centennial Ballroom II
Area: DDA
Chair: Kent Johnson (Morningside Academy)
CE Instructor: Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D.

2006 ABA Tutorial: Teaching Safety Skills to Children


This tutorial will begin by describing safety threats to children involving low incidence but highly dangerous situations that can result in injury or death (e.g., abduction attempts, home fires, finding a loaded gun). Two approaches to preventing injuries to children will be presented; changing adult behavior to remove the safety threat and teaching safety skills to children. The tutorial will describe and illustrate the essential components of behavioral skills training (BST) procedures for teaching safety skills to children. Recent research evaluating BST procedures for teaching safety skills will be reviewed with an emphasis on teaching children skills to prevent firearm injury. Various issues will be addressed including a) the distinction between skills deficits and performance deficits, b) strategies for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of BST, c) strategies for promoting generalization, d) and strategies for promoting wide scale adoption of effective training procedures.

RAYMOND G. MILTENBERGER (North Dakota State University)
Dr. Raymond Miltenberger received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1985 and is a Professor of Psychology at North Dakota State University. His current research interests are in self protection skills, including teaching safety skills to children to prevent gun play and teaching sexual abuse and abduction prevention skills, the analysis and treatment of habit disorders, and in functional assessment, treatment, and training approaches with individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Miltenberger has authored 125 research articles, 25 chapters, and is the author of Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures, which is in its Third Edition and has recently been translated into Japanese. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chamber of Commerce NDSU Distinguished Professor Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Western Michigan University. Dr. Miltenberger currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the May Institute, is Vice-President of the North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners, is an Associate Editor of Education and Treatment of Children, and serves on the editorial boards of three additional journals.



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