Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W27
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Consulting the Behavioral Way: The Pyramid Approach to Shaping Performance in Autism Educational Services
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Ph.D.
ANDY BONDY (Pyramid Educational Consultants), BETH SULZER-AZAROFF (Browns Group Naples)
Description: This workshop focuses on how be an effective consultant to programs for children with autism and related disabilities. We will address how to use behavioral strategies to shape the performance of people providing services within school, community, and home-based settings. Critical topics will include identifying key antecedents to both the behavior of the consultant and of those being advised. Important behavioral targets for various people responsible for serving children will be noted. Finally, we review reinforcement strategies designed to help maintain the performance of service providers. We also plan to discuss our views on appropriate ethical conduct for consultants. Each of these elements is based upon our work, The Pyramid Approach to Education in Autism (Bondy & Sulzer-Azaroff, 2002).
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to provide written examples of: 1) Appropriate antecedents associated with the performance of the service provider as well as the consultant. 2) Critical target behaviors of the service provider, support personnel, as well as the consultant. 3) Strategies for identifying and using powerful reinforcers for service providers and support personnel. 4) Ethical issues associated with providing behaviorally-based consultation.
Activities: Participants will receive a copy of The Pyramid Approach to Education as well as other supportive material. We will review the basic structure for this approach to organizing educational factors for children with autism and related disabilities. We summarize the rationale for introducing the Pyramid elements in a sequential fashion. Participants will go over forms designed to help implement the model as well as help service providers plan to use central principles of applied behavior analysis. Participants will have an opportunity to begin to plan how to use the structure in their current consultancies. Forms are provided that are designed to help service providers plan their day around functional activities while embedding functional communication goals. Participants will begin to identify critical reinforcers associated with the service providers they consult, including key personnel with regard to the service provider.
Audience: Consultants, supervisors, or advisors to staff working with children with autism or related disabilities, or individuals about to embark on such activities. Participants should be well versed in the fundamentals of applied behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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