Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Differential Reinforcement Schedules: What's the Difference and How to Implement in Classroom and Community Settings?
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Zurich A, Swissotel
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D.
KATHLEEN MCCABE-ODRI (Partners in Learning, Inc.), LAUREN DEGRAZIA (Partners in Learning, Inc.), JENNIFER CORNELY (Partners in Learning, Inc.), NICOLE M. RZEMYK (Partners in Learning, Inc.), LORI LORENZETTI (Partners in Learning, Inc,)
Description: Differential schedules of reinforcement have long been scientifically validated as successful methods to improve human behavior (Vollmer, 1999). When properly implemented, clinicians have demonstrated reduced levels of inappropriate targets (Call, 2011; Rozenblat, 2009), as well as increased rates of desired responses (Napolitano, 2010). Children with autism can engage in both high rates of challenging behavior and profound deficits in social interactions. These deficits may impede successful inclusion within normalized classrooms. Rates of social responding, initiating, and reduced outbursts should be targeted at an early age to increase successful community integration. This workshop will demonstrate via case studies how to implement a variety of differential reinforcement (DR) schedules to: increase social initiations and responding in students with autism spectrum disorders towards peers in class by using a peer-led differential reinforcement of high rates of behavior schedule (DRH); reduce rates of challenging behaviors by using differential reinforcement of low rates of behavior schedule (DRL) fixed interval schedules in class and community settings; run multiple DR schedules as part of a treatment package; implement DR schedules using high and low tech options; design intervention plans via DR schedules that may best fit learner challenges and setting considerations.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe each differential schedule of reinforcement treatment option; (2) state the relevant clinical information needed to apply appropriate DR schedule to fit the needs of the learner, (3) describe both high and low technology options to run DR schedules in a variety of settings
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, guided practice, video case study examples, and group discussion. Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies will be provided. Supplemental materials for identifying appropriate guidelines for DR schedule applications to match learner needs will be provided in order to support participant learning. Both high and low technology options will be shared with participants.
Audience: Junior BCBAs, school consultants, child study teams, behavior specialists, BCBAs
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): differential reinforcement



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