Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W22
CE Offered: BACB
Verbal Foundations for Academic Success in School
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
4M (4th floor)
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kent Johnson, Ph.D.
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy), ELIZABETH HAUGHTON (Haughton Learning Center), KRISTINE F. MELROE (Morningside Academy)
Description: This workshop will focus upon the visual and auditory skills and the language and knowledge repertoires that learners need in order to learn to read, write, think, reason, and solve academic problems in school. Six research and evidenced based curriculum and methods will be presented, one per hour. The first method, phonological coding, prepares students to make the auditory discriminations necessary to learn phonics and word attack skills. The second method, Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN) builds visual discrimination and rate and prepares students to build reading fluency. Third, students need to learn the typical language that teachers use during early academic instruction. We will present a set of terms and phrases and Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching methods to teach these. Fourth, we will teach you a method for teaching students to retell familiar events from their lives, such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, riding a bicycle or tricycle, and other simple directions to follow. The primary goal of the retelling method is to teach verbal description and sequencing skills that do not relie on gestures or other verbal support to communicate. The fifth method is called sentence combining. Through combining short phrases and sentences students can learn all variations of sentence syntax. The method can also be extended to teach the mechanics and other conventions of writing sentences. The sixth area concerns the conventional vocabulary and knowledge that teachers assume students have learned by the time they reach the primary grades. We will introduce the Core Knowledge curriculum for Kindergarten and first grade. We teach you how to use Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching to teach each of the 6 repertoires described above. Workshop participants will receive a minimal amount of materials to allow them to participate in practice exercises. We encourage you to purchase Morningside's Early Learning Essentials three-ring binder available in the ABA Bookstore for $60. It includes all the materials we will present in our slide shows, as well as articles and sample teaching materials which will allow you to implement immediately upon your return home. Your workshop experience will also be enhanced if you purchase this notebook in the ABA Bookstore before you attend the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: - Practice teaching auditory sensory behavior with phonological coding materials and methods. - Practice teaching visual sensory behavior with Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN) materials and methods. - Practice teaching language of instruction and following directions. - Practice teaching learners to retell what they know. - Practice teaching sentence syntax and conventions with sentence combining materials and methods. - Practice teaching assumed vocabulary and knowledge necessary for school with Core Knowledge materials and methods. - Understand the research and evidence upon which these 6 methodologies were derived.
Activities: One hour will be devoted to each of the 6 research-based methods. During each hour a method will be described and modeled. Prerequisite skills necessary to learn each of the 6 skills will also be discussed. Then workshop participants will break into small groups and practice using each method to teach other members of their group. Morningside consultants will provide coaching during your practice sessions.
Audience: Teachers, behavior therapists, behavior specialists and others who work with clients who need extra support in the primary grades in school, or who working with clients who are being prepared to enter a school setting. Staff development trainers and college professors who teach teachers and behavior therapists to work with clients who show academic promise will also be interested in this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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