Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W66
CE Offered: BACB
Introduction to Administration, Scoring, and Intervention Planning Using the Essential for Living
Friday, May 22, 2020
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Sarah Weddle, Ph.D.
SARAH WEDDLE (May Institute ), CHRISTINA DELAPP (May Institute )
Description: The purpose of the workshop is to introduce attendees to the Essential for Living (EFL; McGreevy, Fry, & Cornwall, 2012, 2014) assessment and curriculum guide. The EFL program organizes and prioritizes crucial language, health and safety, and daily living skills to promote the independence of children and adults with moderate to severe disabilities. The trainers will cover the scope and sequence, Quick Assessment (administering, scoring), Alternative Method of Speaking (AMS) Assessment, probing and scoring items of interest, writing goals and objectives derived from the assessment, and locating corresponding teaching protocols. This workshop will utilize a behavioral skills training approach and includes components of didactic instruction, modeling, and role-playing with feedback (Parsons, Rollyson, & Reid, 2012). We have embedded practice opportunities and role plays within the training using sample data and vignettes. Trainers will guide the attendees through practice opportunities using scripts, providing exemplar models, and checking performance. In addition, to practice opportunities and role-plays, attendees will actively participate by writing the didactic content into workbooks. The EFL is a comprehensive program so attendees will be encouraged to use the system under supervision or seek consultation if necessary.
Learning Objectives: • Attendees will identify the purpose and domains assessed using the Essential for Living communication, behavior, and functional skills curriculum by completing their workbooks. • Attendees will practice administering and scoring the EFL Quick Assessment and Alternative Method of Speaking Assessment using exemplar scripts. • Attendees will practice writing objectives derived from the results of the EFL for an exemplar learner by completing this section in their workbooks. • Attendees will locate and review the teaching protocols within the EFL Handbook that correspond to related goals & objectives. • Attendees will identify how to collect the first trial of the day data and update the EFL manual for an exemplar student.
Activities: Participants will complete guided notes in their workbooks that correspond to lecture content. Participants will be introduced to a topic, the trainer will model, and then participants will have opportunities to practice the skill with the trainer. Participants will have many opportunities to practice in small groups.
Audience: behavior analysts, educators, speech and language pathologists, and psychologists working with individuals with moderate to severe disabilities in schools, homes, residential programs, and adult day programs
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Curriculum Guide, Functional Skills, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Progress Monitoring



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