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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W63
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Behavior Chains to Children with Autism Using Task Analysis: Research to Practice
Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Montreal
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Julie S. Weiss, M.S.
JULIE S. WEISS (New England Center for Children), STACIE L. FITCH (New England Center for Children), SORREL RYAN (New England Center for Children), PAMELA M. OLSEN (New England Center for Children), MYRNA E. LIBBY (New England Center for Children)
Description: Behavior chains consist of a sequence of related responses and each response or step in the chain results in a change in the environment, which reinforces the response that precedes it and becomes the discriminative stimulus for the next response in a chain. Typically, acquisition trials are organized by breaking the chain into teachable units, thus task analyzing the chain. This workshop will begin by reviewing current research in the area of teaching behavior chain including prompting procedures, how to teach untrained steps and determining the optimal number of teachers for implementing the curriculum. This workshop will also address critical components of task analysis to facilitate design of effective curriculum. The workshop will provide an overview of methods to teach a behavior chain including forward, backward and total task presentation. Participants will learn factors to facilitate acquisition when using task analytic programming. Participants will be instructed on how to implement teaching procedures. Emphasis will be placed on teaching criteria and prompting, as well as how to address untrained steps in the chain. Participants will be taught how to summarize and analyze the task analysis data.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, trainees will be able to: a. Describe past and current research in the area of task analysis b. Specify factors for facilitating acquisition in task analytic programming c. Specify components for designing effective task analyses d. Implement forward, backward and total task chaining procedures e. Develop task analytic curriculum f. Specify appropriate prompting strategies g. Determine how to teach untrained steps in the chain h. Analyze and summarize data from task analysis sessions i. Evaluate the efficacy of the teaching procedure
Activities: Through the use of didactic presentations, handouts, video taped examples, and competency based practice, participants will learn to develop and implement a behavior chain. Participants will learn factors to facilitate acquisition when using task analytic programming. Participants will practice how to implement teaching procedures. Emphasis will be placed on teaching criteria and prompting, as well as how to address untrained steps in the chain. Participants will learn data summary and how to analyze task analysis data.
Audience: The workshop is designed for teachers and clinicians currently implementing skill acquisition programs to teach behavior chains to children with autism and developmental disabilities. Participants should have some knowledge of applied behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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