Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W27
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Advanced Verbal Behavior Programming for Intermediate Learners
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
4C-3 (Convention Center)
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Mary Lynch Barbera, Ph.D.
MARY LYNCH BARBERA (Barbera Behavior Consulting)
Description: Once students with autism acquire basic language abilities and can mand for and tact items and actions, some professionals are unsure how to implement more advanced ABA/VB programming. This workshop will cover programming for vocal children, adolescents, and adults who need to learn more advanced language skills. Through the use of lecture, video examples, role playing, and hands-on activities, Mary Lynch Barbera will demonstrate how to rapidly train staff and parents to name the verbal operants and conduct intensive teaching sessions. She will then present information about teaching students to mand for information and tact new items as well as teaching students to tact features, prepositions, and pronouns. In addition, this workshop will cover how to teach students to answer questions related to personal information and how to teach categorization and intraverbal webbing to intermediate learners.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Train staff and parents to fluently name the verbal operants and participate in intensive teaching sessions

State the reason why primers are sometimes used to teach mands for information

Teach intermediate students to tact four prepositions and four pronouns

Teach students how to answer three questions related to personal information

State six categories that promote basic intraverbal webbing and conversational skills

Activities: Lecture, video examples, role playing, and hands-on activities will be used throughout the workshop.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BCBAs, SLPs, teachers, and psychologists with previous basic knowledge of ABA/VB terminology and VB programming.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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