Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Workshop #W29
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Watch and Learn: Improving Social Behaviors of Preschoolers With Autism Through Video Modeling and Technology
Friday, May 22, 2015
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
207A (CC)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D.
KATHLEEN MCCABE-ODRI (Partners in Learning, Inc.), NICOLE M. RZEMYK (Partners in Learning, Inc.), JENNIFER CORNELY (Partners in Learning, Inc.), LORI LORENZETTI (Partners in Learning, Inc,), NICOLE PEASE (Partners in Learning, Inc.), KAYLA BLOOMER (New Jersey), JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN (Partners in Learning, Inc.), LAUREN DEGRAZIA (Partners in Learning, Inc.)
Description: Video modeling, in which the subject is shown a video of a version of a behavior he/she is to imitate, is a well-researched method used to improve a variety of deficits for learners with autism, particularly in the area of social skills. Some benefits of video modeling are: faster acquisition/better generalization than in vivo modeling, accentuates certain stimulus features, minimizes distracting/irrelevant features; is an engaging medium for longer attending; does not require social interaction during learning video modeling offers options to provide intervention, specifically: peer modeling, self-modeling, and video point of view. Peer modeling utilizes same age/sex peers proficient in performing the skill, while video self-modeling uses the learner and editing processes as the video model. Video point of view shows the version of the behavior from the subject's visual perspective. Combining video modeling methods with other evidence-based practices, such as reinforcement, prompting, shaping, and fading provides learners with a comprehension plan to improve a variety of social behaviors. Today's new technology options, such as smartphones and iPads/table devices, make video programming easy to use. This workshop will demonstrate how preschoolers with autism benefit from video modeling to increase play, responding/initiating conversation, and participating in a variety of social activities.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) define the various video modeling programming options; (2) select a video approach to address a target social deficit areas; (3) objectively define and measure subject's progress with video protocols; and (4) use current technology devices to implement video modeling intervention.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, guided practice/tutorials, video observation, and group discussion. Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies will be provided. Supplemental materials for identifying technology devices and video modeling programming options will be provided in order to support participant learning.
Audience: BCBAs, behavior consultants, IEP team members, such as teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service providers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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