Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Workshop #W95
CE Offered: BACB
Mand Training Across Motivating Operations and Generalization
Friday, May 22, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Area: VRB/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan Pyles, M.A.
MEGAN PYLES (Pyles and Associates)
Description: In early behavioral intensive intervention, functional communication in the form of mands is often the initial skill targeted as it provides a replacement for problem behavior and allows children to control their environment (Carr & Durand, 1985; Sundberg & Michael, 2001). Mands occur across a variety of motivating operations and stimulus conditions. For example, a child may mand to gain access to a preferred item or activity, to end a non-preferred activity, or to obtain information. For these mands to be part of a functional verbal repertoire, generalization of mands to novel stimuli, environments, motivating operations, and people should be observed. Because each type of mand occurs in unique motivational conditions, clinicians must implement different procedures to evoke these verbal responses. This workshop will review various types of mands (e.g., for tangibles, actions, information, and removal of aversive stimuli) and train on teaching procedures for each. Further, the differences between generalization across stimuli and generalization across motivating operations will be discussed, as well as the clinical implications of these differences (Miguel, 2017).
Learning Objectives: After participation in this workshop, attendees will be able to (1) define and outline the functional relations (i.e., antecedent, behavior, and consequence) for each type of mand, (2) generate novel examples of each type of mand, outline teaching procedures, and plan for generalization across motivating operations and stimuli, and (3) implement teaching procedures for each type of mand, and train another individual on implementation, data collection, and mastery criterion.
Activities: This workshop includes presentation of information, guided group activities, and discussion.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop is anyone working in the field of ABA using a verbal behavior approach to functional communication. Both direct line staff and supervisors can benefit from the information and activities.
Content Area: Methodology
Instruction Level: Basic



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