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.

30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W23
CE Offered: None
Creating Academic Programs for Children with Autism and other Disabilities Using Microsoft PowerPoint
Friday, May 28, 2004
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Beacon D
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: William A. Flood, Ph.D.
WILLIAM A. FLOOD (May South, Inc.)
Description: When creating academic programs (school or home-based) for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities, it is challenging to develop programs that are reinforcing to each child. In an effort to find higher reinforcing activities, a greater number of classrooms are using computers for either teaching academic skills or as pure reinforcing activities. Recent advances in technology have allowed for the creation of extremely innovative electronic educational software that many children find reinforcing. Unfortunately, many of these programs are designed for typically developing children and do not use the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis. This workshop will teach you how to create low-cost academic programs on the computer program Microsoft PowerPoint with the intention of teaching and/or generalizing skills. The workshop will give a basic overview of how to use the program Microsoft PowerPoint. You will learn how to integrate behavioral principles and procedures into the computer program to ensure the most effective teaching. Finally, the instructor will display examples of academic programs created and successfully implemented with children with autism. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptops and develop academic programs alongside the instructor.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Operate the basic functions of the computer program Microsoft PowerPoint. Identify common mistakes from traditional multimedia teaching programs. Create basic academic programs in PowerPoint. Integrate behavior principles (e.g., prompting, prompt fading, reinforcement, extinction, etc.) into their academic programs. Recognize various academic programs (e.g., match-to-sample, receptive object identification, reading comprehension) that can easily be taught with PowerPoint.
Activities: The workshop will begin with a brief lecture about the computer program Microsoft PowerPoint. The remainder of the workshop will consist of interactive hands-on teaching in which the participants are systematically guided through the creation of academic programs in PowerPoint. The participants will be encouraged to use their personal laptop computers and create academic programs concurrently with the instructor.
Audience: Teachers, parents, behavior analysts, or anyone in charge of creating curriculum for children with disabilities/autism.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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