Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W70
CE Offered: BACB
The Lucky 7 Game: A Motivational Intervention for Teaching Replacement Behaviors
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Independence (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: David Adams, M.Div.
CYNTHIA P. REKORT (Behavior Change Consultants, LLC), MELANIE B. WAGNER (Behavior Change Consultants, LLC)
Description: The Lucky 7 Game is grounded in the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis (ABA). The game manipulates motivating operations in order to positively teach the core replacement behaviors. The game programs for positive change through 1) interspersing easy and difficult tasks, and 2) demand fading. Through the demand fading procedure, response persistance with difficult tasks occurs as a result of a high rate of reinforcement during game sessions, generating behavioral momentum. The game also programs for transfer (generalization) of skills to the natural environment.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. apply principles and procedures involved in a motivational intervention for teaching replacement behaviors; 2. apply behavioral principles for individuals who have learned to gain access to reinforcers through challenging behaviors, and who lack motivation to learn alternative replacement behaviors; 3. develop a basic verbal repertoire regarding core socialization skills that many individuals with behavior challenges have not yet learned; 4. develop a basic verbal repertoire regarding replacement behaviors for individuals whose challenging behaviors are a function of social positive reinforcement and social negative reinforcement; 5. apply skills in teaching clients to ask the question (i.e., mand), accept “no,” wait, and share.
Activities: Participants will learn to identify the components of the Lucky 7 Game as well as the priciples and procedures of ABA being used. Participants will alsp break into small groups to practice game set up using a hypothetical case study. There will be a discussion on the rationale for proposed game set ups. There will be practice playing the game using the roles of trainer and learner. Participants will receive their own Lucky 7 Game as part of their workshop registration.
Audience: BCBAs and BCaBAs who provide services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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