Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W69
CE Offered: None
The Discrete Trial Tracking System: An Integrative and Analytic Approach to the Implementation of Discrete Trial Teaching Technology
Saturday, May 29, 2004
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Beacon B
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Sara White, Psy.D.
SARA WHITE (Behavioral & Educational Strategies & Training), SALLY GREVEMBERG (Behavioral & Educational Strategies & Training)
Description: There has been a large amount of controversy within the field of discrete trial instruction over which prompting system produces the greatest gains in learning. Typically speaking, instructional agencies will advocate for one particular prompting method and use that method to the exclusion of all others. The Discrete Trial Tracking System (DTTS) provides a systematic method of integrating both most-to-least and least-to-most prompting strategies, allowing children to benefit from both means of instruction. DTTS is an integrated method of prompting, program implementation and data collection, which focuses on individualizing both the prompting hierarchy and instructional sequence to meet the needs of each child. Additionally, DTTS presents a written prompting hierarchy that is simple for staff to implement and easy for supervisors to monitor. Having a written prompting protocol also makes the training of new staff members easier and more efficient, and makes prompting more consistent and therefore less confusing for children. Finally, DTTS provides a method of making systematic data-based decisions in order to maximize speed of learning. Cumulatively, DTTS provides a systematic and analytic framework to aid in the implementation of discrete trial teaching technology across a variety of instructional settings.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Understand a framework for conceptualizing prompting methodologies. Demonstrate the Discrete Trial Tracking System method of prompting, program tracking, and data collection/analysis. Understand how to implement the Discrete Trial Tracking System. Understand how to use the Discrete Trial Tracking System to make data-based decisions Lecture/discussion on the prompting framework and the basic application of the Discrete Trial Tracking System. Demonstration of the Discrete Trial Tracking System using videotaped teaching sessions. Practice using the Discrete Trial Tracking System from videotaped teaching sessions and with other workshop participants
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Audience: Any individual involved in or interested in discrete trial teaching technology. The material presented will be appropriate for an audience with varying knowledge levels; however, some prior knowledge of discrete trial teaching is essential. Participants should have a working knowledge of the basic terminology of discrete trial instruction and implementation procedures.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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