Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W44
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Generalization: Don't Put It on the Back Burner
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
W184a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lauren Kryzak, M.A.
LAUREN KRYZAK (Above and Beyond Learning Group), CHRISTEN RUSSELL (Above and Beyond Learning Group), JENNIFER CAROLAN (Above and Beyond Learning Group)
Description: This workshop focuses on teaching practitioners how to promote generalization when teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Stokes and Baer (1977) issued a call to action for behavior analysts to view generalization as an active process. Despite empirically supported methods to promote generalization, such as multiple exemplar training or self-management, many applied settings still struggle to program and/or test for generalization. Five domains where researchers have used evidence-based strategies to promote generalization will be discussed; these are social skills, language acquisition, behavior reduction, community behavior, and joint attention. Five systems in which change can be made to promote generalization will be reviewed; these are parent training, programming common stimuli, staff training, peer behavior, and treatment integrity checks. Attendees will then be guided to collectively develop 10 practical applications to promote generalization across applied settings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) identify the different types of generalization, to promote fluency in speaking about generalization to others (because to get it done, you're going to have to talk about it—a lot); (2)identify empirically based examples of generalization; (3) discuss some system-wide changes that can help achieve the mission of promoting generalization; and (4)identify some pragmatic ideas for getting it done.
Activities: A bound workbook for note-taking, brainstorming, and completion of the exercises. Development of skill acquisition and/or behavior reduction procedures that promote generalization with templates provided to attendees on an individual flash drive.
Audience: BCBAs, licensed psychologists, home- and school-based ABA providers, graduate students, and parents.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, generalization



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