Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W9
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Direct Instruction: Overview of Instructional Curriculum and Implementation with Non-Traditional Populations
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Robert K. Ross, M.S.
Description: This presentation will provide a review of outcome data related to the implementation of two (DI) curriculum components; Language for Learning and Reading Mastery in a population of children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The relevance for use with individuals with developmental disabilities will be demonstrated. Modifications of instruction and strategies to support the implementation of DI with children with ASD will be discussed and highlighted via videotape. The methods and structure of DI incorporate behavioral principles into instruction, including prompt fading, use of multiple exemplars and frequent measurement of efficacy. The instructors will provide in depth review of the types of instructional modifications required to implement DI with atypical learners. These modifications will include the use of token systems, visual schedules, additional visual prompts, presenting tasks in isolation and pre-teaching. These modifications although not specified in traditional DI scripts and trainings will be reviewed.
Learning Objectives: 1.Demonstrate beginning knowledge of Direct Instruction, as a teaching process with specific techniques and strategies. 2.Be able to implement at least three or more Direct Instruction instructional practices. 3.Demonstrate beginning knowledge of Direct Instruction, as a curriculum designed to teach reading decoding, comprehension, and language development skills. 4.Describe the data supporting successful implementation of Direct Instruction programs with children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. 5.List at least five modifications effective in the implementation of Direct Instruction programs with children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Activities: Didactic lecture, Video tape review, Interactive question and answer activities, Small group hands on practice
Audience: Those new to Direct instruction or those who wish to apply it to non-traditional populations such as those individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.
Content Area: Methodology
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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