Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: BACB
Using Signs Rather than Picture Selection as the Primary Communication Response Form for Hearing Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Including Autism.
Friday, May 23, 2008
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Continental B
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Patrick E. McGreevy, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A.), COLLEEN CORNWALL (ABLE, Inc.), TROY A. FRY (The Holland Center)
Description: Many children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, do not exhibit spoken words or do not communicate clearly and effectively using spoken words. At the present time, the most popular alternative, primary, communication response forms for these learners PECS and augmentative communication devices -- include selecting pictures. This workshop makes the case for signs, rather than selecting pictures, as the primary communication response form for learners who are ambulatory and who exhibit some variation in motor responses.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe the importance of the echoic repertoire, (2) describe when an alternative communication response form � signing, pictures, or augmentative devices � is necessary, (3) describe the advantages and disadvantages of various alternative communication response forms, (4) describe and implement effective procedures for teaching sign mands, (5) transfer sign mands to tacts and intraverbals, (6) collect data while teaching sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals, and (7) adjust teaching procedures when common problems occur in teaching sign mands, tacts, and intraverbals.
Activities: This workshop will provide written descriptions, videotape and live demonstrations, and practice activities for participants.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop includes teachers, behavior analysts, speech-language pathologists, and others who work with children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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