Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W77
CE Offered: BACB
Toward an Understanding of Programming Generalization: An Application of the Stimulus Control Interpretation
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Crockett B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: DDA/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Florence DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D.
JESSICA LYNN DOUCETTE (Melmark New England), HELENA MAGUIRE (Melmark New England)
Description: The generalization of skills acquired within academic and therapeutic settings is a concern for many applied practitioners. Systematic and reliable programming generalization can only occur once the principles responsible for the production of generalization are identified and their role in producing generalization is fully understood. This workshop will present an analysis of generalization by discussing the principles of stimulus control and reinforcement and their role on the production of generalization first discussed by Kirby and Bickel (1988). This workshop will then further expand on this analysis by reviewing the literature on current teaching strategies used within applied behavior analysis and their effects on generalization of target responses. Lastly, a case study will be reviewed identifying key components of a treatment plan to promote generalization in the acquisition of sight word identification in a student with autism.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1. provide a brief overview of the literature on generalization; 2. describe the role behavior analytic principles (i.e., stimulus control and reinforcement) have in the analysis of the production of generalization; 3. identify key antecedent events in programming generalization within an educational setting; 4. identify teaching strategies that both support and do not support generalization; 5. apply the above to a provided case study as well as to one of their own.
Activities: Workshop activities include discussion, material and lesson plan development, and role plays. The focus will be on developing curriculum which systematically outlines how generalization will be programmed and tested. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to foster discussion about the presented material as well as work together to develop lesson plans and materials.
Audience: The target audience includes professionals working within residential and day programs for students with disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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