Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech Language Pathology: An Integrated Approach to Promoting Language in Learners With Autism
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
203 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mareile A. Koenig, Ph.D.
JOANNE GERENSER (Eden II Programs), MAREILE A. KOENIG (West Chester University)
Description: There is an extensive body of literature in the area of speech and language development and processing that is not typically reviewed by behavior analysts. This literature may be useful in enhancing services for learners with autism as well as filling in some gaps that may exist. It is essential, however, to interpret this literature correctly and incorporate this information into effective behavioral programming. This workshop will provide a model for integrating research in the areas of psycholinguistic development, early social development, and lexical development within behavioral programming for children with autism. Research in the development of joint attention will be reviewed with implications for the deficits present in children with autism. Strategies to promote joint attention behaviors will be provided. Critical skills for the development of speech will be reviewed as well as programs to promote early vocal and verbal behaviors. The workshop will provide an overview of the literature on word learning as well as the nature of the deficits within this area present in children with autism. Concepts such as fast and slow mapping will be reviewed. Programs to develop and expand vocabulary as well as to promote abstract and higher level language will be reviewed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify the specific language learning challenges associated with autism

Describe the concept of lexical organization and its impact on language processing

Describe intervention strategies to enhance language processing in learners with ASD

Identify common mistakes made when prompting sounds and speech in learners with ASD

Identifythe current research in joint attention and its implication for program developing for learners with ASD

Activities: This workshop will be a combination of didactic instruction, videotape presentations, discussion and brainstorming, and small group activities.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for behavior analysts, speech language pathologists, teachers, and program administrators.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): language, autism



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