Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W84
CE Offered: BACB
Use of Behavioral Techniques to Address Personal Hygiene and Adolescent Puberty in Individuals with Disabilities
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 121 A
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Melanie Rose, M.S.
TIFFANEY M. ESPOSITO (Melmark New England), Silva Orchanian (Melmark New England), Kimberly L. Mayer (Melmark New England)
Description: Caregivers and teachers of individuals with developmental disabilities are often faced with addressing personal hygiene and issues that arise with growth and development of their child or student. A behavioral approach may be utilized to teach skills necessary for independence in these routines. Promoting independence in personal hygiene and other areas is of great social significance and promotes a high quality of life. This workshop addresses a variety of skill development areas including: personal hygiene needs of individuals with autism and/or other developmental delays; issues surrounding sexuality; and physical development. An overview of previously published research related to these areas will be presented. In addition, various assessment tools, behavioral teaching strategies and use of differential reinforcement will be presented. The curriculum developed at this agency will be shared and attendees will be asked to develop teaching plans as a learning activity. A focus on maintenance and generalization of the acquired skills will be highlighted.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to assess the needs of individuals in their completion of necessary personal hygiene activities through the use of various assessment tools. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify and teach necessary prerequisite skills through the use of various assessment tools and lesson plans. At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to reference a variety of resources to assist in the planning, teaching and maintenance of personal hygiene skills.
Activities: Workshop activities include didactic instruction, discussion, and review of assessment tools. Participants will have the opportunity to practice writing lesson plans, develop data sheets, and engage in hands-on activities to promote their own learning.
Audience: Those responsible for providing daily care and teaching daily living skills to adolescents or adults with developmental delays. Educators working in a residential setting serving those with developmental delays.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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