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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W65
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using Essential for Living: A Functional Skills Curriculum With the Essential Eight Skills and the Speaker Initiative
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W185a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Patrick E. McGreevy, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates), TROY FRY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates)
Description: Essential for Living is a communication, behavior, and functional skills assessment, curriculum, and professional practitioner's handbook for children and adults with moderate to severe disabilities, including autism. Dr. McGreevy will help participants to improve the quality of their instruction and behavior management by teaching the Essential Eight Skills and the steps and goals of the Speaker Initiative.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) describe when and how to teach must-have functional skills to learners with developmental disabilities; (2) select an alternative, primary method of speaking for non-verbal learners; (3) develop more functional IEPs and ISPs; and (4) measure and document small increments of learner progress.
Activities: Dr. McGreevy will describe the Essential Eight Skills, the Speaker Initiative, and other aspects of Essential for Living. He will also provide in-person and videotaped demonstrations, along with specific exercises for participants.
Audience: The target audience is behavior analysts, including BACB certificants; psychologists, teachers; residential coordinators; and speech-language pathologists.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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