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

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Panel #41
CE Offered: BACB
Professional Development Series: Teaching Behavior Skills—From the Trainer to the Technician
Saturday, May 29, 2010
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon F (Grand Hyatt)
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Caio Miguel, Ph.D.
Chair: Melissa Nosik (University of Nevada, Reno)
W. LARRY WILLIAMS (University of Nevada, Reno)
TERESA A. RODGERS (Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities)
MIKE R. STOUTIMORE (Missouri Department of Mental Health)
Abstract: A critical element to the effectiveness of any behavior analytic intervention is implementation. There are many variables related to training that influence the level of implementation integrity of any behavior program. Behavior analysts have focused on teaching strategies that produce acquisition and generalization of skills from a teaching environment to the natural environment. There are training techniques and packages which have been effective in producing good outcomes in learners at the level of parents and staff. These will be discussed. An additional area of importance is the training of trainers. Individuals who conduct training in behavior analytic skills are repeatedly guilty of teaching a new behavior without developing and implementing a plan to facilitate its maintenance and generalization. We will discuss different methods of training the trainers to be more effective in their approaches to training. Although we have found some effective methods for teaching behavior skills, we still fail to implement these on a regular basis due to financial and time constraints. Panelists will discuss innovative methods to deliver effective training while minimizing these constraints. Suggestions for future research will be offered.



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