Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W3
CE Offered: BACB
Motivating Learner Participation: An Alternative to Traditional Escape Extinction Methods
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Lucerne I, Swissotel
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Robert Schramm, M.A.
Description: The goal of the workshop is to teach participants an approach to earning instructional control with unmotivated or otherwise challenging learners that does not employ traditional escape extinction procedures such as forced physical prompting or physically holding the learner in the teaching setting. Through the Seven Steps to Earning Instructional Control, participants will be given an easy-to-teach and therefore reproducible path to earning learner motivation while avoiding some of the potentially behavior escalating procedures common in behavior analysis.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe the importance of learner assent in home, clinic, and education settings; (2) employ creative and practical methods for controlling access to reinforcement in all environments; (3) describe the value and process of being meticulously contingent with words and actions and the value and process of pairing oneself with reinforcement; (4) describe the differences between positive and negative reinforcement and why one is valuable in earning instructional control with an unwilling learner; (5) describe the concept of a teaching arc and how one can prolong the value of teaching over several different reinforcing teaching settings for the length of teaching interactions.
Activities: Lecture, video, discussion, question and answer
Audience: BCBAs, BCaBAs, parents, teachers, behavior therapists
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): 7 steps, escape extinction, instructional control, Schramm



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