Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W16
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Sign Language to Hearing Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Including Autism
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Waldorf (3rd floor)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Patrick E. McGreevy, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. & Associates), TROY A. FRY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. & Associates)
Description: Many children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, do not communicate using spoken words. At the present time, the most popular alternative communication response form includes selecting pictures. This workshop provides participants with a "new" look at the advantages and disadvantages of sign language, demonstrations of learners using signs, and practice teaching learners sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: - Describe the importance of the echoic repertoire. - Decide when an alternative communication response form � signing, pictures, or augmentative devices � is necessary. - Describe the advantages and disadvantages of various alternative communication response forms. - Describe and implement effective procedures for teaching sign mands. - Transfer sign mands to tacts and intraverbals. - Collect data while teaching sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals. - Adjust teaching procedures when common problems occur in teaching sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals.
Activities: This workshop will provide written descriptions, videotape and live demonstrations, and practice activities for participants.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop includes teachers, behavior analysts, and others who work with children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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