Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W54
CE Offered: BACB
“Does Everyone Understand?” Using TAGteach to Deliver Clear Instructions and Positive Reinforcement in a Variety of Applications
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Bonham E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Christine Barthold, Ph.D.
THERESA MCKEON (TAGteach International), KEVIN S. CAULEY (Step by Step Learning Group), ELIZABETH BENEDETTO-NASHO (Step by Step Learning Group Inc.)
Description: TAGteach is a user friendly formula for the delivery of clear instructions, immediate assessment and positive reinforcement. TAG stands for Teaching with Acoustical Guidance. The acoustical guidance is the click or other auditory conditioned reinforcer. The teaching part is a formalized function of professional sport coaching and operant conditioning. TAGteach is cited by Julie Vargas in her text book, Behavioral Analysis for Effective Teaching, “It‘s amazing that it took until the turn of the twenty-first century for someone to use a specialized conditioned reinforcement for gymnastics, speech therapy, and academic skills.” The TAGteach approach can be used in almost any type of teaching or training context because of its unique strategy to identify, highlight, and reinforce elements crucial to skill acquisition. The acoustic marker and unique phrasing provides an explicit link between the desired behavior and reinforcement, decreased stimuli to improve processing, clarity of criteria for leader and learner, and feedback that does not invoke a social response. The workshop will incorporate video, demonstrations, and practical exercises to introduce the technology, define the principles, and review current applications and research.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. show confidence and skill using an audible marker; 2. identify and create clear achievable goals called tag points; 3. use the tag as a marker, information, and a specialized conditioned reinforcer; 4. deliver tag points using TAGteach phrasing to reduce verbal stimuli; 5. identify specific areas to implement tagging into current curriculum; 6. identify the benefits of using TAG language and a specialized conditioned reinforcer.
Activities: An introduction to the fundamentals of TAGteach will be enhanced with videos of various disciplines and populations currently implementing TAGteach techniques. Attendees will participate in interactive exercises that provide the opportunity to experience “being tagged,” creating specialized conditioned reinforcers, and developing TAGteach phrasing for their unique applications. There will also be time set aside for discussion.
Audience: This workshop is designed for behavior analysts, clinicians, therapists, and those who wish to gain working knowledge of using a specialized conditioned reinforcer.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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