Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W35
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Language for Living: A Functional Communication and Language Assessment, Curriculum, and Skill-Tracking Instrument
Friday, May 28, 2010
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Lone Star Ballroom Salon E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: R. Schell, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A.), TROY FRY (Holland Center), COLLEEN CORNWALL (ABLE Academy)
Description: Language for living (LfL) is a functional communication and language assessment, a curriculum, and a skill-tracking instrument for people with moderate and severe developmental disabilities—including autism—and limited communication repertoires. This instrument, like the assessment of basic language and learning skills(ABLLS), the assessment of basic language and learning skills-revised (ABLLS-R), and the verbal behavior milestones assessment and placement program (VB-MAPP), is based on B .F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior. Unlike these instruments, LfL does not include a developmental sequence of language skills leading to conversation and academic improvement. Instead, LfL includes functional communication and language skills, which are necessary for effective and independent functioning as an adult. LfL can be used with young children with severe or multiple developmental disabilities and very limited skill repertoires. LfL can also be used with older children, who have made very little progress on the ABLLS, ABLLS-R, or the VB-MAPP and for whom a functional curriculum of daily living skills is being considered. LfL is especially useful with adults with severe or multiple developmental disabilities and very limited communication and language skills, especially those with whom communication and language are no longer expected.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to do the following: 1. conduct an assessment using LfL; 2. select an appropriate communication response form for three sample students; 3. be able to write individualized education program goals based on an assessment using LfL; 4. be able to describe teaching procedures appropriate for specific skills.
Activities: This workshop will include a presentation along with hands-on activities designed to help participants achieve the workshop objectives.
Audience: This workshop is designed for behavior analysts, teachers, and speech-language pathologists, especially those who provide communication and language training to children and adults with severe developmental disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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