Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W32
CE Offered: BACB
Technology Now: Useful Communication and Behavior Recording Apps for Behavior Analysts
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
W185bc (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jose D. Rios, M.S.
JOSE D. RIOS (Private practice), ISAAC BERMUDEZ (Love 2 Learn Consulting LLC), E. CHERYL FLETCHER (Integrated Therapy Services)
Description: Apps for smartphones, computers, and tablets have revolutionized the tech industry. There is an expanding body of apps for teachers, parents, therapists, and behavior analysts, as well as for other professionals. Apps are convenient, usually reasonably priced, and may be useful tools for those who work with children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. Apps and software exist for an array of skill acquisition areas including language training, fine and gross motor skill development, social skills training, reading, toilet training, and developing table manners. Apps and software also exist for data collection, functional analyses, preference assessments, discrete trial training, self-management, and goal setting. In this workshop we will review apps in two categories: apps for communication development and instruction and apps for behavior observation and data collection. We will draw from the extensive list of apps in these two categories, and we will provide workshop participants with comments, criticisms, and recommendations on the selected apps.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) point out differences and choose between communication apps that are literate vs non-literate (e.g., iconic driven); (2) differentiate between types of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) apps ranging from simple picture communication systems to complex voice output devices; (3) apply AAC to common behavioral techniques such as mand training, time-delay procedures, milieu training, incidental learning, interrupting the behavior chain, modeling, prompting, and reinforcement; (4) use AAC for the management of maladaptive behaviors including the introduction of a functional communication system; (5) point out the methodology and ethical considerations of AAC selections; (6) choose behavior recording apps that best fit the client population and service needs; (7) point out differences between various behavior recording apps; and (8) describe benefits and disadvantages of the various behavior recording apps that are presented.
Activities: This workshop will include didactic instruction, a slide presentation outlining apps that will be reviewed, and demonstrations on the use of these apps. Handouts also will be provided to participants with app information as well as other helpful technology resources.
Audience: This workshop is geared toward BACB certificants, including new professionals as well as seasoned veteran professionals who are new to app technology or who want to learn more about the technological advances in the fields of communication instruction and behavior recording.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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