Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W13
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Sign Language to Hearing Children and Adults with Down Syndrome, Autism, and Other Developmental Disabilities
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Regency VII
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Patrick E. McGreevy, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates), TROY A. FRY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates), COLLEEN CORNWALL (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates)
Description: Many children and adults with Down Syndrome, Autism, and other developmental disabilities, do not communicate using spoken words. At the present time, the most popular alternative communication response forms include selecting pictures or words manually or with electronic devices. This workshop, which is based on B.F. Skinners analysis of verbal behavior and the work of Michael, Sundberg, Partington, and many others, provides participants with a new look at the advantages and disadvantages of sign language, demonstrations of many learners using signs, and practice teaching learners sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, each participant will be able to: (1) describe the importance of the echoic repertoire, (2) describe when an alternative communication response form � signing, pictures, or augmentative devices � is necessary, (3) describe the advantages and disadvantages of various alternative communication response forms, (4) describe and implement effective procedures for teaching sign mands (5) transfer sign mands to tacts and intraverbals, (6) collect data while teaching sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals, and (7) adjust teaching procedures when common problems occur in teaching sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals.
Activities: This workshop will provide: (1) written descriptions, (2) videotape demonstrations, (3) live demonstrations, and (4) practice activities.
Audience: The target audience for this introductory workshop includes teachers, behavior analysts, speech-language pathologists, and others who work with children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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