Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Paper Session #387
Innovative Instructional Techniques for Children with Autism
Monday, May 30, 2005
3:00 PM–4:20 PM
Continental C (1st floor)
Area: AUT
Chair: Christina Whalen (TeachTown)
TeachTown Software-Based Early Intervention Program for Children with Autism
Domain: Applied Research
CHRISTINA WHALEN (TeachTown), Lars H. Liden (TeachTown), Eric Dallaire (TeachTown), Sven Liden (TeachTown)
Abstract: Children with autism have been shown to respond best to ABA-based interventions and tend to respond well to visual-based teaching strategies such as pictures, videos, and computers. In this study, a software-based treatment program for children with autism developed by TeachTown was assessed. This program utilizes the science of ABA and includes effective teaching strategies from Discrete Trial Training and Pivotal Response Training. The program targets symptoms of autism including language, social skills, and cognitive skills in a format that is motivating for children and easy for parents to use and understand. A data tracking system is also included which helps parents, teachers, clinicians, and researchers to share data on the child’s progress. A manual with supplementary generalization activities is also included which provides adults with ABA hands-on activities that supplement target skills from the TeachTown program and assist with generalization through naturalistic routines. 15 adults (parents, teachers, and professionals) were assessed for social validity and 10 children received 2 months of training with the TeachTown program in a multiple-baseline study. Results of both studies will be discussed along with suggestions for further research in utilizing technology to make ABA more accessible and affordable to the consumers.
Teaching Touchable Perception Skills to Autistic Infants by the Direct Teaching Method
Domain: Basic Research
S. SUNAY YILDIRIM-DOGRU (Selcuk University), Arzu Ozen (Anadolu University), Bunyamin Birkan (Anadolu University)
Abstract: The aim of this study is search the effect of direct teaching touchable perceptional skill to autistic infants. In the study,4 or 6 –year- old three autistic infants who do not have tactile perceptional skills have composed the survey group. The infants are taking cobining education in a pre-school institute and also taking personal educational services in a private educational institute. The childeren are boys. One of the single subject desings,multiple probe desing with probe sessions across subject model,has been used. In the study, direct teaching method has been used in teaching flat and rough surfaces,which is among the touchable perceptional skills.Studies are stil being carried out in the surroundings built one by one. It is considered that a base for teaching expressive tongue skills will have been prepared by the time the infants learn these concepts. The result of the research will be ready in january 2005. During this period, generalization, follow-up and application, and reliability data between inspectors will be collected,and the survey results will be discussed in a congress atmosphere.
Teaching Sociodramatic Play Skills to Children with Autism in Small Group Instructional Arrangements
Domain: Basic Research
ARZU OZEN (Anadolu University), Bunyamin Birkan (Anadolu University), Sema Batu (Anadolu University)
Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to examine the effectiveness of direct instruction on teaching sociodramatic play skills to childern with autism in small group instructional arrangements. The study was conducted with three participants with autis with the age of ten. They were all inclusion students in regular primary schools. A multiple probe design across behaviors study was conducted and was replicated with the participants of the study. The dependent variable of the study were playing a hospital game, playing a school game and playing a canteen game. Three undergraduate students of special education department were the models for the role of each participant in each game first and then asked the participants to play the role they were given. In the hospital game the participants were taught to play the doctor, patient and the nurse. In the school game, they were taught the teacher, student and the inspector, and in the canteen game, they were taught the salesman, cashier, and the customer role. During the study, the observation learning score of the students were taken. During the study, effectiveness, maintenance generalization and observational learning data were collected. Small group instruction was found to be effective on teaching sociodratic play skills. During the presentation the audience will be given information about the results of the study.



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