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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W62
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Communication-Based Behavior Interventions
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Continental C (1st floor)
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: John J. Pokrzywinski, M.A.
JOHN J. POKRZYWINSKI (Arlington Developmental Center), DIANA BRADBERRY (Arlington Developmental Center), RICHARD W. POWELL (Shelby Residential and Vocational Services), IRFA KARMALI (Shelby Residential and Vocational Services)
Description: This workshop emphasizes positive reinforcement of alternative behaviors to reduce problem behaviors (replacement behaviors). It encourages procedures that increase the contextual fit of behavior support plans; presents procedures that allow identification and manipulation of setting events and discriminative stimuli; Discussion includes procedures to encourage a communication-based environment. The procedures described in the workshop are designed to: Emphasize nonaversive and naturalistic procedures to reduce the likelihood of problem behaviors; increase the acceptance of behavior support plans, and thus the likelihood of success and generality; and increase collaboration between professional and direct-support staff.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: - Identify and discuss procedures to reduce problem behaviors by emphasizing positive reinforcement of alternative behaviors (replacement behaviors). - Identify and discuss procedures to modify antecedent & setting event manipulations which reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors and the need for corrective interventions. - Identify and discuss procedures that increase the acceptability of behavior support plans and increase the likelihood of success and generality (contextual fit). - Describe and discuss procedures to encourage a communicative environment. - Describe and discuss procedures to increase collaboration between all team members and direct-support staff.
Activities: Workshop activities include discussions of Eliminative versus educative strategies to deal with problem behaviors; Antecedent events & contextual variables; Functional behavior assessment & replacement behavior development; Discrete trial training (DTT) and natural environment training (NET); Verbal behavior considerations.
Audience: Behavior Analysts, Speech-Language Pathologists, Direct-Support Staff & Supervisors, Psychologists, Nurses, Advocates, Independent Support Coordinators, and others.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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