Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Workshop #W39
CE Offered: BACB
Eyes, Ears, and Thoughts Up Front: Teaching Generative Attending Skills Across the Spectrum
Thursday, May 21, 2020
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Richard E. Laitinen, Ph.D.
RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Personalized Accelerated Learning Systems (PALS)), GLADYS WILLIAMS (CIEL, SPAIN), SARA POLGAR (David Gregory School )
Description: One defining characteristic of individuals labeled as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (F84.0) is a tendency to attend to a limited subset of environmental events participating in simple and complex contingencies of reinforcement ((Lovaas, Schreibman, Koegel, & Rhem, 1971). Limited attending repertoires restrict the type, range and potential for jointly acting sensory modalities to control and influence responding (cf, Brown & Bebko, 2012). Seeking to understand and affect the acquisition of various constellations of compound stimulus control, ABA researchers (e.g., Holth, 2005; Pelaez, 2009) have focused on identifying and remediating deficits and delays in the acquisition of simple and complex attending, joint attending and social referencing competencies (DeQuinzio, Poulson, Townsend, & Taylor, 2016). Important to today’s workshop is that “attentional” deficits and weaknesses can be remediated (Gewirtz & Palaez-Nogueras, 1992b; Luke & Greer, 2008), they can be decomposed into component/composite relations (Alessi, 1989; Binder, 2010), and attentional capacities and competencies are critical to the subsequent learning of new and higher order operants (Greer & Speckman, 2009).
Learning Objectives: 1. Contingently analyze attending behaviors 2. Identify component/composite relations Design conditioning contingencies to affect attending as a valued response. 3. To describe how attentional competencies and capabilities establish a foundation for the development of basic and advanced listener repertoires. 4. To describe how listener and speaker repertoires can be joined and generalized to promote incidental learning.
Activities: Combined lecture, discussion, and small group break out
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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