Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W11
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Speech Program Development
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
W183c (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Barbara E. Esch, Ph.D.
BARBARA E. ESCH (Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.)
Description: This workshop will present background information on speech assessment, speech target selection, and program development for speech skill acquisition. In addition, it will offer participants an opportunity for individualized case consultation and troubleshooting speech programming for one of their students. For participants not presenting a case, it's an opportunity to observe the problem solving process related to speech development programs. As a group, we will review information from each selected case. This will include results from the Early Echoic Speech Assessment (EESA; Esch, 2008), video clips, current program data, and other relevant information. For each case, Dr. Esch will discuss how to use this information to select appropriate speech teaching targets, how to best sequence these targets, and how to troubleshoot current problems in the program. Specific strategies and techniques may be recommended for individual cases when appropriate. General dos and don'ts when teaching speech and articulation will be included. Participants who pre-register for the workshop will be offered the opportunity to submit their learner's case for the group consultation. Prior to the workshop, participants presenting cases will need to submit a video permission form, signed by parent or guardian, to allow video review by the workshop audience.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) describe several ways to assess current speech function and suggest next steps, (2) identify appropriate sequential and non-sequential speech targets, (3) explain the purpose and use of the Speech Acquisition Sequence Checklist, and (4) write several English vowels using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcription.
Activities: Didactic instruction (lecture, videos), practice reading and writing IPA symbols, and consultation by Dr. Esch on individual speech cases submitted by participants.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, and anyone who has responsibility for speech development and speech training programs for individuals who haven't yet learned to speak fluently. Participants will have an opportunity to submit individual cases for consultation-model review during the workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): articulation, speech, vocal training



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