Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W54
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Role of Motivation in Teaching Children With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
204 (Convention Center)
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kristin M. Albert, M.Ed.
KAITLIN GRACE CAUSIN (Carbone Clinic), LEANNE B. REID (Carbone Clinic), KRISTIN M. ALBERT (Carbone Clinic), VINCENT JOSEPH CARBONE (Carbone Clinic)
Description: In the history of behavior analysis the treatment of motivation as a source of behavioral control has a long-standing and conflicting history (Sundberg, 2005). Traditionally, the authors of applied behavior analytic textbooks have considered motivation only within the topic of reinforcement and have ignored the role of motivation as an independent variable. However, Keller and Schoenfeld (1950) and then Michael, in a series of writings since 1982, continually emphasized the role of motivation as an antecedent variable. Following Keller and Schoenfeld's identification of the establishing operation, Michael refined and extended the analysis to include conditioned establishing operations. Michael's refinements have been heavily relied upon in the functional analysis literature. More recently, conditioned motivating operations have been implicated as behavioral variables related to the teaching of verbal behavior and other skills to persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a review of the literature related to conditioned motivating operations and to present video illustrations as an instructional tool for the clinical application of these important behavioral variables.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify and define a motivating operation and its defining features

Discriminate between the three conditioned motivating operations (CMO-R, CMO-T, and CMO-S)

Provide examples of each of the conditioned motivating operations

Identify the role of motivation in teaching learners with autism and other developmental disabilities

Utilize the analysis to provide more effective instruction

Activities: Active participant responding will be included within the context of lecture and video demonstrations. Questions and comments will be encouraged throughout the presentation.
Audience: This workshop is designed for behavior analysts, practitioners, educational service providers, speech language pathologists, and other individuals who supervise or are directly involved in providing instruction to learners with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Autism, Motivating Operations, Verbal behavior



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