Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: BACB
Using the Verbal Behavior Approach to Teach Children with Autism.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Stevens 1
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Mary Lynch Barbera, M.S.
MARY LYNCH BARBERA (PA Verbal Behavior Project)
Description: Children with autism, regardless of age or severity of symptoms, need effective, individualized programming. This workshop will provide an overview of The Verbal Behavior Approach and will give participants specific ways to improve language skills for a variety of learners. In addition, this workshop will review basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis used to reduce problem behaviors. Through lecture, video examples and small group activities, participants will leave with a good understanding of implementing the Verbal Behavior Approach when teaching children with autism.
Learning Objectives: Describe two similiarities and two differences between traditional discrete trial teaching and the Verbal Behavior Approach. Describe the importance of pairing with reinforcement and mand training when working with children with autism Give one example of a mand, tact, intraverbal and listener responding skill. Name two antecedent and two reactive strategies that may decrease problem behavior.
Activities: This workshop will include video examples, small group activities and lecture to meet listed objectives.
Audience: Professionals working with children with autism including behavior analysts, speech pathologists, educators, psychologists, and therapists. Parents of children with autism are also encouraged to attend.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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