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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W7
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Promoting the Generalization and Maintenance of Skills in Learners With Autism and Related Disorders
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
W175a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: David A. Celiberti, Ph.D.
DAVID A. CELIBERTI (Association for Science in Autism Treatment)
Description: Educators and other services providers of learners with autism and related disorders are often faced with situations in which skills do not generalize or maintain over time. Many providers fail to recognize the steps they should be taking to promote generalization and maintenance or teach in ways that actually inhibit generalization; nonetheless, the field of applied behavior analysis offers both a framework and a number of methods that can be implemented to circumvent these challenges. During this workshop, the various forms of generalization (stimulus, response, and temporal generalization) will be described along with specific methods that may increase the likelihood that generalization and maintenance can be observed. Efforts to address generalization and maintenance need to be individualized for each learner, tailored to the target skill, and planned for in a systematic manner. More specifically, methods will be presented that can be incorporated at three broad phases in the teaching process, during treatment planning and prior to the initial teaching of a target skill, during the process of teaching the particular target skill, and after the target skill is mastered. A framework for determining how best to maintain target skills after they are mastered will also be offered.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) differentiate the various types of generalization, (2) identify common obstacles and teaching approaches that impede generalization and maintenance, (3) design and implement a variety of strategies to promote generalization, (4) design and implement a variety of strategies to promote maintenance, (5) identify learner and task characteristics that will inform when such strategies could be implemented, and (6) evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to promote generalization and maintenance.
Activities: Although the workshop is primarily didactic, participants will be given many opportunities to engage in discussion and will participate in tasks that will concretize and synthesize the didactic information and increase the likelihood of later implementation. Videotaped vignettes of a variety of teaching interactions will be provided to illustrate an array of generalization and maintenance strategies. Data collection tools and tracking forms relevant to generalization and maintenance will also be shared along with a bibliography of articles related to generalization. Examples will be provided throughout the presentation and adapted to the interests and needs of the participants.
Audience: This workshop will benefit professionals from a variety of disciplines—including BACB certificants and licensed psychologists—as well as parents who are significantly involved in the educational programming of learners with autism and related disorders. Participants should already be familiar with behavior analytic teaching procedures, such as discrete trial instruction.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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