Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W91
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Beyond the Elementary Verbal Operants: Teaching Complex Generalized Verbal Behavior to Children With Autism
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Columbus Hall EF, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Francesca Degli Espinosa, Ph.D.
Description: In this workshop we will review the concepts of multiple control, intraverbal control, and recall. For each topic to be addressed, we will firstly provide a conceptual analysis, and, consequently, illustrate how that analysis can be translated into applied procedures to establish flexible and contextually appropriate verbal behavior in children with autism. We will explore the following conceptual distinctions in both theory and practice: (a) divergent and convergent multiple control; (b) the intraverbal as an elementary operant and intraverbal control as a pervasive variable in the control of autoclitic frames; (c) recall as the endurance of stimulus control and recall as novel problem solving. We will demonstrate the generality of the analyses presented by showing applied examples from children in both Italy and the United Kingdom. In so doing, we will offer a conceptual and applied framework within which to sequence language objectives and that participants can directly adopt or modify for use in their own clinical practice.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) define the role of convergent and divergent multiple control in the teaching of language objectives; (2) define the role of intraverbal control and autoclitic frames in the establishment of verbal conditional discriminations; (3) sequence language objectives along a continuum of stimulus control complexity.
Activities: The workshop theoretical and applied objectives will be achieved through a balanced use of spoken lecture and video demonstrations.
Audience: Advanced
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): autoclitic frames, conditional discriminations, intraverbal control, multiple control



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