Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Improving Acquisition of Intraverbal Language Skills: The Role of Verbal Conditional Discriminations
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
W187ab (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Barbara E. Esch, Ph.D.
BARBARA E. ESCH (Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.)
Description: In order to engage in effective conversational interactions (i.e., non-rote intraverbal responses), individuals must acquire verbal conditional discriminations (VBCDs). But often the prerequisite skills for such discriminations are missing, making it difficult to learn complex language responses. Furthermore, certain instructional formats and sequences may inadvertently impede the acquisition of these critical discriminations. In this workshop, Dr. Esch will discuss and give examples of VBCDs and their prerequisite component skills. In addition, she will provide many examples of instructional worksheets, templates, and data sheets to show how instructional sequences can be arranged to aid VBCD skill acquisition.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) define verbal conditional discriminations (VBCDs), (2) list prerequisite skills for acquiring complex intraverbal responses, and (3) describe several examples of instructional formats to promote acquisition of VBCDs.
Activities: Didactic instruction (lecture, videos).
Audience: BACB certificants, licensed psychologists, speech pathologists, behavior analysts, teachers, clinical directors, program managers, or others responsible for creating and managing language acquisition programs.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): conditional discriminations, improving language, intraverbal skills, verbal behavior



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