Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W41
CE Offered: BACB
Strategies and Tactics in Training Topographical Mands for Students With Autism
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
St. Gallen 2, Swissotel
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michael Miklos, M.S.
MICHAEL MIKLOS (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network), AMIRIS DIPUGLIA (PaTTAN/ Autism Initiative), WILLOW HOZELLA (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Net)
Description: Mand training is frequently a central skill deficit for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network Autism Initiative has established a range of training procedures that have been widely accepted in Pennsylvania school-based autism support programs in relation to establishing topographical mand repertoires for students with autism. This workshop will include a brief review of relevant literature regarding procedures for teaching vocal and signed mands. Additionally, the workshop will specify and review instructional skills such as evoking response variability, transfer of control from prompted to unprompted mands, and a thorough description of strategies to manipulate motivative variables. Aspects of programming to be addressed include selecting and sequencing mand targets, selecting effective prompt strategies, and issues such as spontaneity and generality of mands. Basic and complex mand protocols will be reviewed. The workshop will review strategies for transferring response forms from signed to vocal mands. Teaching practices will be related to data collection, analysis, and decision making. School-based programs to teach the mand will be emphasized.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) develop skills related to the use of mand training for students with autism; (2) practice procedures related to prompt and prompt fading for vocal and signed mands; (3) identify strategies related to the manipulation of motivating variables; (4) review sequences of mand skill acquisition and context variables relevant to the generalization of mand function.
Activities: Workshop activities will include a balanced presentation of lecture, guided practice, video review of mand training processes, and opportunities for participant responding and discussion.
Audience: Behavior analysts and other practitioners involved in supervising or implementing programs to establish or extend mand repertoires for individuals with ASD.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism Interventions, Mand Training



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