Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W48
CE Offered: BACB
Generalization in Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Stevens 2
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Christina Whalen, Ph.D.
CHRISTINA WHALEN (TeachTown, Inc.), MANYA C. R. VAUPEL (Spectrum Circles), SHANNON CERNICH (TeachTown, Inc.)
Description: Generalization is one of the most important measures of treatment outcome, if a child can learn a variety of skills and use them in a variety of settings, it is the best measure of whether or not an intervention was effective. However, not all treatment programs for autism adequately incorporate or measure for generalization. In this workshop, the basics of generalization will be reviewed, along with a discussion of why generalization is particularly important for children with autism. Research on generalization in autism treatment will be reviewed and various treatment approaches will be discussed in terms of how they tend to address generalization (or not). Suggestions for how to make sure generalization is accounted for and measured will be provided along with a group discussion of how the audience members include and measure generalization in their treatment approaches.
Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to describe and give examples of all the different types of generalization and identify the strengths and limitations of each of type 2) Participants will be able to discuss several research studies on generalization as it relates to the treatment of autism, as well as discuss what we know and need to know from the existing literature 3) Participants will be able to identify how generalization is incorporated into at least 5 different common treatment approaches for autism spectrum disorders and what the strengths and limitations of those approaches are in terms of generalization 4) Participants will be able to share with the group the specific efforts they have made to enhance generalization in their treatment approaches and discuss what has worked well and what hasn't 5) Participants will be able to discuss how future researchers and clinicians can advance the field of autism intervention through more focused efforts on generalization outcome
Activities: Lecture, group discussion, video clips
Audience: BCABA & BCBA interventionists, speech-language pathologists, teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and anyone interested in a focus on generalization as a major outcome measure for autism intervention
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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