Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: BACB
Integrating Speech Generating Devices (SGD) into ABA Programs for Children with Autism
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
North 120 A
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Jeannie Golden, Ph.D.
MICHAEL FABRIZIO (Organization for Research and Learning), Kelly J. Ferris (Organization for Research and Learning), Holly Almon-Morris (Organization for Research and Learning)
Description: Published research on how to integrate devices into behavior analytic programs for learners with autism is lacking. Clear instructions on how to effectively design instruction is not available. This workshop will teach participants how to apply component composite analyses of pre-requisite language and motor skills important for successful device use. Participants will learn (1) critical and variable features to consider when designing instruction for SGD users, (2) application of Verbal Behavior as a system of analysis for SGD users, (3) discussion of essential features to consider in selecting a device and designing the user profile, as well as (4) measurement pinpoints for evaluating language improvement. Sample charted student data will be shown to demonstrate how to measure learning progress with the standard celeration chart across micro and meta levels of data collection. Participants will all receive CD-ROMs of all presentation materials include sample video footage used in the presentation. Recommended readings related to the research on SGD use will also be provided.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to (1) describe ways in which curricular sequences can be modified to incorporate speech generating devices (SGDs), (2) analyze instructional sequences for possible stimulus control problems that may arise if a child responds using an SGD and describe plans for correcting such. (3) describe measurement pinpoints suggested for targeting different skill sets on the device. (4) describe critical features to consider in the selection of a device and in the design of the device layout.
Activities: Throughout the workshop, participants will practice discriminating between appropriate and inappropriate instances of all of the concepts presented as well as practice applying skills relate to each learning objective given case study data. Participants will receive printed and digital copies of all materials presented in the workshop, along with a supplemental and expanded CD-ROM containing additional training and expansion materials as well as recommended readings.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for clinicians, parents, and teachers who are responsible for supervising behavior analytic intervention programs for children with autism or related disabilities who are using speech generating devices.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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