Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W69
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using Video Modeling to Teach Play to Young Children with Autism
Saturday, May 27, 2006
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Shelly R. Cota, M.S.
SHELLY R. COTA (New England Center for Children), REBECCA P. F. MACDONALD (New England Center for Children), THERESA M. CLEVENGER (New England Center for Children), SALLY N. ROBERTS (New England Center for Children)
Description: Play is an important part of a typical childs development and contributes to the acquisition of language and social interaction skills. Children with autism often do not develop play skills. Video modeling has been demonstrated to be an effective procedure to teach a variety of skills. We will review several studies that we have conducted demonstrating the effectiveness of video modeling teaching procedures to teach independent pretend play to children with autism, as well as to teach cooperative play between children with autism and typically developing peers. In addition, we will present data from our most recent work, teaching children to generate novel play using video modeling. Video modeling is now an integral part of our preschool social skills and play curriculum. In this workshop, we will review how to develop scripts using commercially available play sets, create video modeling tapes, and provide video instruction to children with autism. We will also discuss the advantages of this teaching procedure and the technical issues encountered when implementing the procedures. We will also discuss the implications for this technology as an easy and effective strategy for teachers and parents to use to teach play and other skills.
Learning Objectives: 1. The participant will be able to define video modeling as a teaching procedure and describe its advantages. 2. The participant will be able to describe how to teach simple imitative, toy play, pretend play and reciprocal play with a peer using video modeling procedures. 3. The participant will be able to describe strategies to generate novel play using video modeling procedures. 4. The participant will be able to describe how to create new individualized play scripts using a variety of commercially available toys.
Activities: The participants will work in small groups to plan and create video modeling play scripts. The participants will first complete planning forms. The participants will consider certain child characteristics such as age, interests/preferences, language skills, fine motor skills, and potentially interfering behaviors to aid them in planning individualized play scripts. The participants will then generate the play actions and verbal statements that make up the play scripts. Finally, the participants will create and act out a video modeling play script using commercially available toys.
Audience: The workshop is designed for educators and consultants currently implementing programs to teach appropriate play skills to children with autism using behaviorally based teaching technologies. Participants should have some knowledge of applied behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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