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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W44
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Autism iPad Curriculum
Saturday, May 23, 2015
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
216A (CC)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Laura Kenneally, Ed.D.
LAURA KENNEALLY (Advance Learning Center)
Description: Many parents and school districts have purchased iPads in the hope of helping students with autism learn new skills. Social media has touted the iPad as a "miracle cure" for students with autism to learn to communicate and socially engage. Unfortunately, without proper training and support, the iPad often becomes an expensive "stim-toy" with little or no educational value. This workshop is a step-by-step simple curriculum to help teachers use the iPad effectively and integrate it seamlessly into their students' IEP. The program teaches students to use it correctly to perform a range of skills from simple directions to complex communication and independent activities. Students will learn to increase their attention span and markedly improve their direction-following skills, all while simultaneously decreasing self-stimulatory behavior and other disruptive behavior including aggression and self-injurious behaviors using positive behavioral supports.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) use differential reinforcement; (2) use discrimination training procedures; (3) use prompt and prompt fading; (4) use instructions and rules; (5) use modeling and imitation; (6) use shaping: (7) use chaining; (8) use incidental teaching techniques; (9) identify the contingencies governing the behavior of those responsible for carrying out behavior change procedures and design interventions accordingly; and (10) determine and make environmental changes that reduce the need for behavior analysis services.
Activities: Instructional strategies, hands on tasks, and videos. Please bring an iPad to use the curriculum.
Audience: BCBAs, teachers, administrators, and Child Study Team members.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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