Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W13
CE Offered: BACB
Systematic Staff Training for School-Based Autism Support Programs Using the Analysis of Verbal Behavior
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Bowie B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Shawn Kenyon, M.A.
MICHAEL MIKLOS (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network), AMIRIS DIPUGLIA (PaTTAN/ PA Verbal Behavior Project)
Description: A large scale implementation effort, the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, has developed and implemented systematic and multi-tiered approaches to staff training. This workshop will include a review of staff training procedures for the acquisition of the basic conceptual skills and practice skills needed to teach students with autism the primary verbal operants. Participants will be provided with various training protocols and competency checklists. Opportunity to practice skills such as assessing fluency for tacting the verbal operants and intensive teaching processes will be provided. Staff training procedures to be reviewed include basic conceptual skills, procedures for delivery of discrete trial instruction of the basic verbal operants, systems implementation reviews, and fidelity measures of implementation. Participants will receive a resource CD, a DVD reviewing processes implemented in the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, and training manuals.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. practice using a procedure to measure staff fluency for identifying the verbal operants as presented in discrete trials; 2. demonstrate effective processes for monitoring treatment fidelity of intensive teaching and discrete trial training of verbal operants and other skills; 3.describe components of a review process for determining implementation fidelity for classroom organization, data collection, effective consultation and decision making systems, instruction, and behavior management; 4. identify key components of staff training at various stages of program implementation; 5. describe the integration of staff training, materials organization, teaching protocols, and data systems for classroom based programs serving students with autism.
Activities: The session will involve lecture, videotape demonstrations, data review, discussion, and guided practice for participants in certain training protocols. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in analogue demonstrations of training processes.
Audience: Behavior analysts, trainers, teachers, and administrators providing consultation to classroom based programs involved in the education of students with autism. The session will also be relevant to those interested in training procedures for behavior analytic service providers in a variety of school settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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