Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #438
CE Offered: BACB
Its Never Too Late to Sprout! Teaching Developmentally Delayed Adults using the Headsprout Reading Program.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
LL05 (TCC)
Area: DDA/EDC; Domain: Basic Research
CE Instructor: Emily Dickens, M.S.
Chair: Emily Dickens (Agency for Persons with Disabilities, State of Florida)
EMMA GUILARTE (Agency for Persons with Disabilities, State of Florida)
EMILY DICKENS (Agency for Persons with Disabilities, State of Florida)
MARY LEBLANC (Headsprout, Inc.)

Headsprout offers Early Reading-an animated, online reading program that takes a nonreader to midsecond grade level in 80 lessons, and Reading Comprehension-an online program that ensures grades 3-5 reading comprehension for every learner in 50 interactive episodes. Part of the development for all Headsprout programs is rigorous testing with a wide range of children to ensure effectiveness with all learners. This program was expanded to developmentally delayed adults deemed incompetent to proceed and housed in a secure facility. The results of the expansion to this novel setting and population will be discussed including progress graphs and impact on maladaptive behavior. The Headspout program's skill acquisition data from other settings including schools and home based learning from recent and past research will also be discussed.

Keyword(s): Computer based, PSI, Reading Program, Teaching Adults



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