Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Workshop #W25
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Assessing and Teaching Functional Skills to Children With Autism in Home, School, and Community Settings
Friday, May 22, 2015
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
207A (CC)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: James W. Partington, Ph.D.
JAMES W. PARTINGTON (Behavior Analysts, Inc.)
Description: This workshop will describe the assessment and teaching of functional skills in children with autism. Functional skills will be discussed in terms of how they differ from basic conceptual skills on several levels that include when, where, and why functional skills are demonstrated, as well as the immediate benefit to the child. Children with autism require learning sequences and teaching curricula in various "everyday" aspects of their lives. These useful and necessary functional life skills are naturally clustered into: skills used at school, in the community, at home, and skills that impact all aspects of life. Within these broad skill cluster areas, 32 specific skill groupings have been identified. This workshop will present information on the assessment of these specific skill groupings. The results of the assessment of functional skills will be useful for understanding which skills are required to enable independence within any given skill area. Next, using the assessment results to establish teaching sequences for functional learning programs will be discussed. Finally, specific strategies for teaching certain functional skills will be taught.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) identify the differences between functional and basic/conceptual skills; (2) identify the four broad skill clusters of functional skills; (3) identify and assess 32 specific skill groupings of functional skills; (4) choose initial instructional skills for teaching functional skills; (5) identify methods to teach functional skills in various settings; and (6) identify methods to measure and track progress of functional skills from initial assessment and throughout the teaching process.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, video review of teaching methods, handouts, and group discussions.
Audience: Behavior analysts who work with children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Assessment, Autism, Functional skills



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