Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Invited Tutorial #548
CE Offered: BACB
From Pigeons to People to Pandas, Panthers, and Peccaries: Moving From Conditioning to Teaching Animals
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
Ballroom A (CC)
Area: AAB/TPC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: David Lennox, Ph.D.
Chair: Jennifer L. Sobie (University of Illinois)
Presenting Authors: : SUSAN G. FRIEDMAN (Utah State University)
Abstract: Six decades of experience with children with special learning needs has honed a sharp edge on the technology of behavior change that is both effective and humane. This technology is currently under-utilized by many animal behavior professionals whose exposure to applied behavior analysis is often limited to four quadrants and simple schedules of reinforcement. The focus of this tutorial is to expand common approaches to behavior-change to include three crux moves fundamental to working with children's behavior and equally essential to working with animals: replacing hypothetical, psychological constructs and diagnostic labels with operational behavioral definitions; functional assessment of behavior-environment relations; and adherence to an ethical hierarchy of procedural choice, organized according to the most positive, least intrusive guideline.
SUSAN G. FRIEDMAN (Utah State University)
Susan is a psychology professor at Utah State University. Over the last decade, she has helped pioneer efforts to apply to animals the scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard of Applied Behavior Analysis that is so effective with human learners. Susan has given a wide variety of workshops and conference presentations on animal learning and behavior around the world. Students from 22 different countries have participated in her courses, Living and Learning with Animals and Living and Learning with Parrots. Her articles have been translated into 9 languages. Susan is also a core member of the US Fish & Wildlife Service's California Condor Recovery Team and has been nominated for the Media Award, given by the International Association of Behavior Analysis, for her efforts to disseminate to pet owners, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of all learners.



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