Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W61
CE Offered: BACB
See What I Mean: Using Visual Cues and Concrete Adaptations to Support Abstract Concept Development
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Seguin (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Ruth Hurst, Ph.D.
KATHLEEN MCCABE-ODRI (Advance, Inc.), LAURA KENNEALLY (Advance, Inc.), LORI A. LORENZETTI (Advance, Inc.), JENNIFER CORNELY (Partners in Learning, Inc.), NICOLE M. SWANFELD (Partners in Learning, Inc.)
Description: Students with autism often experience challenges in the comprehension of abstract information. Typically, general education environments provide the majority of learning opportunities for these concepts via spoken word, conversation, or group settings. It is difficult to for students on the autism spectrum to discriminate relevant information for higher-order concepts during these language-based presentations. This workshop offers a variety of approaches to assist students with autism to develop comprehension for abstract concepts in classroom settings. Through demonstration, video samples, and data-based models, participants will receive cohesive strategies that can be applied to students of various ages and abilities in improving and developing abstract concept comprehension.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. identify areas of weakness of abstract concept comprehension, 2. develop concrete and visual systems to assist in concept development, 3. measure improvements in concept comprehension.
Activities: This workshop will include a lecture, video samples, and hands-on curriculum development and adaptations.
Audience: BCBAs; behavior consultants; and child study team members including teachers, learning consultants, classroom assistants, and instructors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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