Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W15
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Motivating Learner Participation Without Blocking Escape, Forced Physical Prompts, or Nagging
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
W185bc (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Robert Schramm, M.A.
Description: The goal of the workshop will be to teach participants an approach to earning instructional control with unmotivated or otherwise challenging learners that does not employ traditional escape extinction procedures such as forced physical prompting, physically holding the learner in the teaching setting, or nagging procedures. Through the Seven Steps to Earning Instructional Control, participants will be given an easy-to-teach and therefore reproducible path to earning learner motivation while avoiding some of the potentially behavior escalating procedures common in behavior analysis.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) describe the importance of learner assent in home, clinic, and education settings; (2) creative and practical methods for controlling access to reinforcement in all environments; (3) describe the value and process of being meticulously contingent with words and actions; the value and process of pairing oneself with reinforcement; (5) describe the differences between positive and negative reinforcement and why one is valuable in earning instructional control with an unwilling learner; (6) effectively use and increase a variable ratio of reinforcement; (7) prioritize learning objectives and use differential reinforcement effectively; (8) describe how best to use extinction and negative punishment procedures; (9) name three different types of discrete trial teaching; (10) use important motivating operations when teaching intensively; and (11) describe the concept of a teaching arc and how one can prolong the value of teaching over several different reinforcing teaching settings for the length of teaching interactions.
Activities: Discussion, video demonstration, lecture on the Seven Steps to Earning Instructional Control, and creation ofa teaching arc.
Audience: BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, as well as other professionals who are working directly with children with autism or other challenging disabilities find themselves having trouble developing motivated learning settings regularly or are responsible to teach others how to earn instructional control in home, clinic, or school settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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