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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

Previous Page


Workshop #W16
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
An Overview of Direct Instruction for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Mission B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: A. Charles Catania, Ph.D.
CATHY L. WATKINS (California State University, Stanislaus), TRINA D. SPENCER (Utah State University), MARY MEEHAN TAYLOR (The Institute for Effective Education), HILLARY WHITESIDE (The Institute for Effective Education), TIMOTHY A. SLOCUM (Utah State University)
Description: Direct instruction is an integrated system of curriculum and instruction that attempts to arrange all critical variables to produce learning. Direction instruction has been tested and shown to be effective through scientific research with relevant populations of children, including children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Participants in this workshop will learn how direct instruction programs can be implemented with learners with ASD and support the acquisition of their basic language and academic skills. Participants will be introduced to instructional design principles, organizational recommendations, and instructional procedures that enable practitioners to deliver these programs and adapt to the specific needs of children with ASD. This workshop will enable behavior analysts to implement instruction in a wide variety of academic areas. However, language for learning will be specifically highlighted throughout the workshop. Data supporting the effectiveness of direct instruction programs with learners with ASD will be presented. Decision making and placement of students into programs will be discussed in depth. The importance of treatment fidelity will be addressed with strategies for determining whether or not instructional modifications are needed. Guidelines for such modifications will also be examined.
Learning Objectives: Workshop participants will learn the following: 1. instructional design principles; 2. direct instruction delivery procedures; 3. how to place children into programs and make instructional decisions; 4. guidelines for adapting direct instruction programs for the children with ASD.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, demonstration, and discussion. Video examples of instructional programs will also be presented and participants will have the opportunity to practice direct instructional presentation skills.
Audience: Practitioners who are already board certified or have a solid behavior analytic repertoire and practitioners who have limited experience with direct instruction or wish to learn how to apply it with children with ASD.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh