Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Reading and Writing to Children with Autism
Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Mark Adams, Ph.D.
PATRICIA R. MASSOTH (BEST Consulting, Inc.), MARK ADAMS (BEST Consulting, Inc.)
Description: Children receiving intensive 1:1 discrete trial training often show deficits in developing vocal speech, while receptive language skills are strong. In addition, there is beginning to be support shown for developing alternative means of vocal speech (e.g., writing or typing or word exchange) as a substitute for vocal, expressive speech. The purpose of this workshop is to provide training of expressive object labeling and other expressive language skills using writing, typing, and word exchange as a substitute for vocal speech response requirements. It is proposed that strengthening the "equivalence" properties of hearing vocal speech, seeing objects and constructing their corresponding written or typed responses through the use of a Reading and Writing Program based on the publication The Reading and Writing Program, (Watthen-Lovaas & Lovaas, 1998), will facilitate the use of language, regardless of the formal characteristics of the expressive response. Workshop participants will receive hands-on practice using a Reading and Writing board and corresponding materials. Additionally, they will leave with a Reading and Writing board, and receive a comprehensive manual outlining progressions and various methods of implementing a Reading and Writing Program based on case examples.
Learning Objectives: This workshop will demonstrate: - steps to teach children with Autism to read and write. - steps to teach advanced alternative means of vocal speech such as writing, spelling, and typing. - how to teach each progression of a Reading and writing program. - Helpful procedures to teach advanced receptive and expressive skills. - how to make a Reading and writing board and related materials. - how to develop lessons using procedures of the Reading and writing program.
Activities: Workshop activities will include modeling of procedures as well as video examples. Participants will practice teaching skills to incorporate procedures discussed during the workshop.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop are parents and professionals who deliver behavioral services to children with autism.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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