Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W62
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching "Learning to Learn" Skills to Children Diagnosed With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
4C-3 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Justin B. Leaf, Ph.D.
RONALD B. LEAF (Autism Partnership), MITCHELL T. TAUBMAN (Autism Partnership), JOHN JAMES MCEACHIN (Autism Partnership), JUSTIN B. LEAF (Autism Partnership)
Description: Teachers and parents are often eager to teach children language and social and academic skills. Clearly, these are important objectives that are essential for children's well-being. It is generally recognized that in order for children to be successful in learning these skills, their disruptive behaviors must not interfere in the learning processes. Therefore, behaviors such as aggression, non-compliance, and self-stimulation must be targeted prior to teaching more formal skills. However, there is another critical prerequisite skill that is essential in order to maximize learning success. Acquiring "learning to learn" skills is absolutely pivotal in a child's success. It is really teaching children the process of learning. It is the foundation, perhaps the pivotal skill necessary for them to acquire all other skills. Often when a child is struggling in learning beginning or even advanced skills, it is because the child is deficient in this area. Learning to learn skills include attending, waiting, and changing one's behavior based upon feedback. This workshop will discuss the importance of learning to learn skills, how to set up an appropriate curriculum, and the research behind the importance of learning to learn skills.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify various curricula targeting learning to learn skills

Implement procedures to teach learning to learn skills

Identify how learning to learn skills can help improve other behaviors (e.g., language, social skills, decrease in aberrant behaviors)

Activities: The workshop will consist of lectures from the presenters, videos of children and adolescents with autism, other videos to highlight points on the importance of "learning to learn" skills, discussion with audience members, and questions from members of the audience.
Audience: The targeted audience for this workshop is clinicians who implement behavioral intervention with children and adolescents with autism. Teachers, professors, school administrators, parents, and graduate students would also benefit from attending the workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Curriculum Development



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