Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W80
CE Offered: BACB
Creating a School-Wide Social Thinking Model Where No Child Is Left Behind
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Republic A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: M. Shillingsburg, Ph.D.
VALORI N. BERENDS (Academy for Precision Learning), LOVELLE T SUAREZ (Academy for Precision Learning), ALISON L. MOORS (Academy for Precision Learning)
Description: While including students with special needs, many public and private schools across the country are aligning with best practices outlined in federal law which overwhelmingly requires educating all students in their least restrictive environments. For many students, that least restrictive environment is in a classroom setting alongside their typically developing peers. However, students with special needs who may be academically capable often need specially designed instruction for navigating their social world successfully. Practitioners from multiple human service fields have a history of producing effective curricula for teaching social thinking, self-monitoring, problem-solving, and constructive behavior management techniques to students with social language deficits. However, the majority of resources available use individualized instruction as the teaching modality which proves quite difficult when trying to adapt the strategies within larger group settings. This workshop will identify the next steps necessary for creating school-wide classroom management and behavior management systems by extrapolating information from a variety of existing published resources. The presenters will show data and videotaped examples of applying the techniques in classrooms with a variety of students with learning labels ranging from autism, attention deficit disorders, social cognitive deficits, emotional behavior disorders, oppositional defiance, and nonverbal learning disability.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to do the following: 1. write individualized goals and objectives targetting social thinking skills, 2. identify task analyses for teaching social thinking behavioral targets, 3. describe data collection procedures targetting social thinking skills which are useful in classroom settings, 4. define classroom management pinpoints helpful for targetting social thinking objectives.
Activities: The workshop presenters will use a combination of small group activites, lecture, discussion, and video taped representations of the targeted information. Participants will practice the concepts using hands-on activities aligning to their own clents' needs.
Audience: Any professional teaching and/or designing protocol for clients with regard to pragmatic language concepts and the real life requirements of social navigation skills. The participant should be supervising clients within a group setting currently, or hope to in the future.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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