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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W3
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Getting Learners With Autism and Their Teachers Started in Fluency Based Instruction
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
202 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kelly J. Ferris, M.Ed.
KELLY J. FERRIS (Organization for Research & Learning), REBECCA PHILLIPS (Organization for Research & Learning), TERESA M. MCCANN (Organization for Research & Learning)
Description: Fluency based instruction is becoming a more widely applied teaching arrangement for delivering behavior analytic services to students with autism. Teachers new to fluency based instruction or teachers new to children with autism face a number of questions related to the logistics of getting instruction started. The questions frequently asked are, "How do you get them responding?" "How do you get them staying at the table through the timing?" and "How do you get their rate of responding to increase?" This workshop will present procedures for a) developing rapport with students, b) necessary teacher repertoires for high quality instruction, c) getting programs started for new learners, and d) getting programs started for experienced learners new to fluency based instruction. The presentation will include charted examples of student and teacher performance data, as well as video of our staff working to shape both teacher and student repertoires, and hands on practice for participants. The workshop will NOT teach how to chart—activities will assume knowledge of the Standard Celeration Chart.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify data based decision making rules

Identify measurement techniques for shaping early learning

Use teaching procedures helpful for getting students ready for timed practice

Use staff training procedures to get teachers ready to implement fluency based instruction

Select the first few programs

Activities: This workshop will involve practice generating rapport pinpoints and measurement systems, practice designing measurement tools for evaluating teacher and student readiness, practice implementing timings and making data based decisions, and practice setting up programs for timed practice.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for parents and professionals interested in beginning fluency based instruction programs for students with autism and related disabilities who already know how to chart on the Standard Celeration Chart or who will also attend the Standard Celeration Society workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, fluency, precision teaching



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