Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W36
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Establishing Meaningful Social Interactions
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
201 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Steven J. Ward, M.A.
STEVEN J. WARD (Whole Child Consulting)
Description: Social interaction is a generally well-accepted staple of programming for students with disabilities, especially for those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Some treatment paradigms recommend following the child's lead, whereas others recommend a coach-apprentice relationship. Ultimately, the "right" option for the right student at the right time is always an empirical question. Participants in this workshop will learn how to gauge learner motivation, and therefore how to determine which social interventions are the most effective. Participants will also receive extensive training in methods of expanding learners' community of reinforcers, and in ways to enhance teacher creativity. Basically, teachers will learn to have fun with their students. The author will provide recommendations for data collection.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Gauge learner motivation

Provide at least three rationales for teaching play within appropriate motivational contexts

Identify at least three templates for brainstorming new play ideas

Identify relevant methods for data collection

Activities: This workshop will involve lecture, questions and answers, interactive brainstorming related to familiar students, video analysis, and role play.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for experienced tutors and parents, and also for well-seasoned BCBAs and professors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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