Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using The Assessment of Basic Language and Learner Skills (The ABLLS) to Develop a Language-Based Curriculum for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities
Friday, May 27, 2005
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Continental B (1st floor)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: James W. Partington, Ph.D.
JAMES W. PARTINGTON (James W. Partington, Ph.D., A Psychological Corporation)
Description: The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (The ABLLS), based on Dr. Skinners analysis of verbal behavior, provides a mechanism to analyze learner skills, develop a comprehensive language-based curriculum, and track skill acquisition for individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities. The workshop will provide participants with the necessary information to use The ABLLS to develop and monitor educational programs. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the multiple uses the information gained from The ABLLS can provide in the development and adjustment of an intervention program. Specific topics will be covered with relevant examples including administering and interpreting The ABLLS, analysis of the learners skills, curriculum development, educational planning, the evaluation of priorities, and determining IEP objectives.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to: - Identify basic learner skills that are important to include in a curriculum for young children with autism. - Identify examples of B. F. Skinner�s verbal operants. - Describe how curricular variables affect the motivation of young children with autism. - Identify how teaching a child to mand for reinforcers results in the development of several other important learner skills. - Identify components of a behavioral language assessment that should be reviewed in order to determine the most appropriate elements to be included in a language intervention program for young children with autism.
Activities: Information regarding the development of The ABLLS and the concept of basic learner skills will be provided in a lecture format. Scoring of The ABLLS to determine skill strengths and deficits in the 25 assessment areas will be described and practiced. In addition, procedures for transferring the scoring information to the skills tracking grids will be illustrated. Video examples of a child's skills over the course of her intervention program will be used to show how the child's progress is captured by the ABLLS. Discussions regarding the analysis of skills, evaluation of educational priorities, and determination of IEP objectives for two students will be conducted.
Audience: This workshop would be appropriate for behavior analysts, teachers, speech and language pathologists, or other individuals who are responsible for implementing, developing, or monitoring educational programs for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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