Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Symposium #405
CE Offered: BACB
Research in Language Development, Verbal Behavior, and the ABLLS-R: Data and Challenges
Monday, May 26, 2008
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Continental A
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Sara L. Kuperstein (Behavior Analysts, Inc.)
Discussant: Caio F. Miguel (California State University, Sacramento)
CE Instructor: Pamela G. Osnes, Ph.D.

This symposium will present research efforts at Behavior Analysts, Inc., an agency that specializes in consultation and training in applied behavior analysis and verbal behavior. Data from the latest research on imitation, the ABLLS-R, and interventions at the STARS School will be presented.

What Do We Really Know About the Development of an Imitative Repertoire in Individuals with a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder?
JAMES W. PARTINGTON (Behavior Analysts, Inc.), Scott W. Partington (Behavior Analysts, Inc.)
Abstract: Regardless of the conceptual analysis of human development, all theoreticians recognize the importance of children learning skills by observing the actions of others. Imitation skills are typically included in intervention programs for children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent research has found that a child with ASD is more likely to attain higher levels of development if he/she has some imitative skills prior to the implementation of intervention services. A review of the literature regarding the training of imitation skills reveals that there are many unanswered questions about the teaching of imitation skills that need to be addressed in order to provide the most effective intervention services for children. Data regarding imitative skills of typically developing children and children with ASD will be presented.
ABLLS-R Research Outcomes ABLLS-R: The Evidence and the Implications.
PAMELA G. OSNES (Behavior Analysts, Inc.), Joel Vidovic (Behavior Analysts, Inc.), Koji Takeshima (Behavior Analysts, Inc.), James W. Partington (Behavior Analysts, Inc.)
Abstract: The language-based repertoires of the ABLLS-R were subjected to reliability investigations using a comparison design that utilized the ABLLS-R and a revision of the administration procedures and instructions of the current assessment tool. This presentation will disseminate the outcomes of this research, including reliability information about the repertoires.
Research at the STARS School: Pitfalls, Challenges, and Rewards of Research Implementation in the "Real World".
JOEL VIDOVIC (Behavior Analysts, Inc.), Pamela G. Osnes (Behavior Analysts, Inc.), Kanako Yamamoto (Behavior
Abstract: While it is important to have a robust evidence base to support behavior analytic interventions, much experimentally-controlled research in our field is completed by university-based professionals in analogue settings. This presentation will provide information about intervention studies both attempted and completed at a non-public school by its personnel. In addition to the data to be presented, the challenges associated with conducting research in applied settings will be discussed.



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