Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Symposium #478
CE Offered: BACB
Precision Teaching and Social Skills Instruction for Learners with Autism
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
12:00 PM–1:20 PM
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Alison L. Moors (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting)
Discussant: Shahla S. Ala'i-Rosales (University of North Texas)
CE Instructor: Alison L. Moors, M.A.

Teaching children with autism the skills necessary for effective social interaction has been a hallmark of quality behavior analytic programming for decades. Often, students need to learn these skills in a highly structured teaching arrangement first before attempting to apply the skills in a generalized social environment. For tracking and analyzing progress with social skills, data collection techniques vary logistically depending on the environment. This symposium will highlight the use of Precision Teaching methodologies and procedures as an underlying tool for successful data collection practices both within group and individual learning sessions.

Using Fluency Based Instruction to Teach Social Skills in a Small Group Setting.
KRISTA ZAMBOLIN (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), Heidi Calverley (University of British Columbia & Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), Shelley McInnis (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting)
Abstract: This paper will highlight a methodology for teaching social skills to a small group of 12 and 13 year old boys. This methodology incorporates techniques from fluency based instruction, video modeling, video feedback, role play, direct instruction and a variety of reinforcement strategies. Data and video clips will be presented to highlight the effectiveness of the programming.
Increasing Independent Play through the Use of Activity Schedules and Precision Teaching in a Young Child with Autism.
HEIDI CALVERLEY (University of British Columbia & Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), Kelly J. Ferris (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting)
Abstract: Characteristics of Autism are often described in terms of the noticeable deficits in appropriate play. This paper will detail the steps taken to increase the independent play in a young child with autism through the use of activity schedules and Precision Teaching. Data will be provided documenting the acquisition of appropriate independent play tasks and the transition of those tasks to an activity schedule. Video will also be provided demonstrating the steps within the process.
Decreasing Socially Incompatible Behavior that Competes with Social Responding.
ALISON L. MOORS (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), Kelly J. Ferris (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting)
Abstract: Children with autism not only have marked deficits in social interaction skills, but they also may have self stimulatory/stereotypy needs which often impede their ability to contact socially reinforcing contingencies. This paper will demonstrate the use of the Standard Celeration Chart for highlighting the progress of social interaction skills and decrease in self stimulatory behaviors for a 10 year old child with severe autism and paralysis who uses an augmentative communication device.



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