Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W35
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Reasoning and Problem Solving to Typically Developing and High Functioning Children With Autism
Friday, May 22, 2015
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
214A (CC)
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: T. V. (Joe) Layng, Ph.D.
JOANNE K. ROBBINS (Morningside Academy), T. V. (JOE) LAYNG (ChangePartner LLC)
Description: One repertoire that is often neglected in many teaching programs is that of reasoning, which is required for most forms of problem-solving. This workshop will show participants how to directly teach problem-solving and reasoning. The process involves the concurrent development of two repertoires, a talk-aloud analytical repertoire and a repertoire of active listening. Each is learned and practiced separately and then combined to form the repertoire required for reasoning. Special procedures have been developed for children with special needs, which include carefully teaching the identified qualities of talk-aloud problem solving and active listening, and ensuring that each learner has a vocabulary of problem-solving. Participants will first learn and practice the methods themselves, then they will learn how to adapt the methods to be effective with the populations with whom they work.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) demonstrate the specified qualities of effective problem solving; (2) demonstrate the specified qualities of active listening; and (3)develop plans for implementing the teaching of reasoning and problem-solving with the populations with whom they work.
Activities: Video demonstration of children effectively solving problems. Highly interactive individual responding to carefully designed example and nonexample sets provided to the group throughout workshop. Paired problem-solver andactive-listener practice with logic and other practice problems.
Audience: Those who deliver behavioral services to higher functioning children with a developmental disability, or children from more neurotypical populations. This includes BCBAs, professionals of all types, and anyone interested in teaching higher level skills.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Problem-Solving, Reasoning, Talk Aloud



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