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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W72
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
On Becoming Fully Verbal
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W183a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Gladys Williams, Ph.D.
GLADYS WILLIAMS (Centro de Investigacion y Ensenanza del Lenguaje), RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Self-employed)
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to walk through the hierarchy of language acquisition. Research has shown that basic prerequisites greatly enhance an individual's ability to develop functional language. These skills include discriminating voices, face recognition, eye contact, and visual tracking. In this workshop we will provide an overview of the teaching procedures designed to develop an echoic repertoire and strengthen observational learning. We will discuss several strategies developed to bring vocal emissions under stimulus control. A strong repertoire of tacts is the core of conversation. This discussion will include some basic strategies for teaching tacts as well as a detailed outline of the rapid tacting protocol. In addition, we will teach the steps to develop the skills required to sequence events, structure conversations, and relay stories. In discussing the specific procedures we will highlight their importance in increasing an individual's tact repertoire. Building on that knowledge, we will introduce a structure for gradually increasing the sophistication and complexity of language with the goal of becoming fully verbal.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) describe the basic protocols of prerequisite skills, (2) describe strategies designed to teach echoics, (3) describe strategies designed to teach tacts, (4) describe the role of secondary verbal operants, and (5) describe a hierarchy of complex language.
Activities: Instructional strategies include lecture, discussion, and small group activities.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BACB certificants, licensed psychologists, behavior analysts, teachers, consultants, ABA therapists, administrators, speech-language pathologists, and school personnel.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): functional communication, language, prerequisite skills, social competence

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