Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W64
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
A Novel Approach to Parent Training: Establishing Critical Discrimination and Responding Repertoires
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W175c (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CSE/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Robert K. Ross, Ed.D.
STEVEN RIVERS (Beacon ABA Services), ROBERT K. ROSS (Beacon ABA Services), DENA SHADE-MONUTEAUX (Beacon ABA Services)
Description: Parent training procedures can often require significant hours of clinician time to develop and implement. Once target skills are acquired, the parents do not always demonstrate generalization of the skills across behavioral topographies. An analysis of parent repertoires suggests that what parents are lacking may be three critical skills. The first is the ability to reliably discriminate correct and incorrect responses (appropriate from inappropriate behavior). The second is the ability to identify what is and is not a reinforcing response to their child. Last is the ability to demonstrate the discrimination and performance response successively (discriminate when to deliver reinforcement and then the actual delivery or withholding of reinforcement under the discriminated conditions). This workshop uses a behavioral skills training approach to teach participants how to establish the critical discrimination repertoires and the performance repertoire necessary for parents to effectively manage challenging behavior, reinforce adaptive behavior and do it more critically, and respond to novel behavioral situations. In this model, parents are required to demonstrate the target discriminations across a wide range of adapted and problem behavior to competency prior to moving to the next treatment phase. Efficacy data will be presented, video exemplars will be shown, and sample materials will be provided to participants.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) describe critical parent discrimination skills associated with high levels of correct program implementation, (2) describe procedures to teach parents to correctly discriminate between adaptive/desired and maladaptive/undesired behaviors, and (3) develop examples of discrimination training repertoires for parents.
Activities: I. Introductions—background/service model II. Discussion points on the importance/relevance of parent training—(A) review of this training's main focus, (B) critical components of this training model (correct/incorrect, deliver/withhold), and (C) movement through phases contingent on performance for each phase of treatment III. Participant criteria—(A) parent's ability to participate in training session, (B) consent to be videotaped (potential for review), and (C) target behavior maintained by attention IV. Description of treatment phases of parent training model—(A) pre-test (baseline), (B) treatment conditions 1. phases 1–3, and (C) post-test V. Creation of interval data sheets for pre- and post-test phases VI. Creation of data sheets (step by step) for treatment phases—(A) identify target behavior(s) with definitions (for parents and staff) for reference, (B) list child/observer/date/phase/defined characteristics of phase, and (C) trial number, program, target, child/staff responses with definitions VII. Review/identify table-top activity for discrete trial training (DTT) VIII. Format of training sessions—(A) materials required (data sheets, writing instruments, token boards, clipboards, video camera, DTT materials, reinforcers), (B) pre-session set-up and discussions with parent, (C) in-vivo discussion (feedback and check-in regarding trial number), (D) trials conducted per session, and (E) post-session discussions IX. Review video exemplars X. Group role-play with practice data sheets XI. Material packet distribution XII. Data review of past participants (ease of use, rapid acquisition, reductions observed in target behavior) XIII. Questions/discussion
Audience: Practicing behavior analysts (including BACB certificants and licensed psychologists) who provide home-based services and struggle with changing the behavior of parents with respect to behavioral interventions and implementation of teaching procedures.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Discrimination Training, Parent Training



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