Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Invited Tutorial #190
CE Offered: BACB
Evidence-based communication approaches for children with autism
Sunday, May 27, 2012
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
303/304 (TCC)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
Chair: Dorothea C. Lerman (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Presenting Authors: : ANDY BONDY (Pyramid Educational Consultants)

The selection of an approach to help children with autism acquire communication is remarkably challenging. This talk will review many of the issues that relate to evidence-based practices which aim to improve broad language skills, including the acquisition of an array of verbal operants as well as skills associated with the listener (traditionally viewed as receptive skills). While the hallmark of applied behavior analysis involve many hundreds of single-subject designs looking at particular skills, many practitioners attempt to use packages- that is, an organization of target skills and teaching strategies, including those involving generalization. What is the evidence that particular packages work- either in terms of outcome measures or in comparison to other packages? Many other questions arise, including: Which skills should be targeted first? Is modality a critical issue? Is there evidence of successful transitioning from one modality to another and what guidelines should be used? Are there any non-behaviorally based strategies that are evidence-based? Rather than trying to provide a definitive answer to the Which strategy is universally the best? guidelines for the most appropriate questions to ask will be offered.

ANDY BONDY (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Andy Bondy, Ph.D., has over 40 years experience working with children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. For more than a dozen years he served as the Director of a statewide public school program for students with autism. He and his wife, Lori Frost, pioneered the development of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). . He designed the Pyramid Approach to Education as a comprehensive combination of broad-spectrum behavior analysis and functional communication strategies. He is a co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc., an internationally based team of specialists from many fields working together to promote integration of the principles of applied behavior analysis within functional activities and an emphasis on developing functional communication skills.
Keyword(s): communication training, verbal operants



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