Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W50
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: The Cipani Get Me Game for Children With ASD: Developing a Parental Repertoire
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W176a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ennio C. Cipani, Ph.D.
ENNIO C. CIPANI (National University), ALESSANDRA LYNN CIPANI (University of California, Riverside)
Description: Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) comprise a diverse group of learners: some comprehend language well, but can fail to perform even simple requests. One might say they are disinterested and lack "motivation" to follow adult directives. For others, spoken language seems like a jumble of incomprehensible sounds. I have devised a two-phase structured skills training program that can be deployed by parents (and school personnel): the Cipani Get Me Game (GMG) is a structured training format to sequentially develop two sets of skills in children. It does so by developing the instructional repertoire of the parent(s). First, it is important for any child to be able to be responsive to instructions/directives given to him or her by a parent and/or teacher. In this game, instructional responsiveness is targeted as the sole objective in phase 1 (for both groups). Children with high functioning autism or other high incidence disabilities as well as children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities need such a skill. Therefore, phase 1 directly targets the child's ability to follow an instruction, irrespective of the language deficit in the child. In phase 2, the development of a progressive comprehension of language is the target.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) utilize a diagnostic test to determine language comprehension of a target child; (2) train a parent in the skill repertoire needed for phase 1 implementation of the Cipani GMG; (3) train a parent in the skill repertoire needed for phase 2 implementation of the Cipani GMG, including use of superimposition and stimulus fading of discriminative elements of verbal instruction; and (4) utilize a diagnostic test to determine when the child is able to acquire skills from a group instruction format.
Activities: In addition to the lecture, criterion-referenced test items measuring the attendees' understanding and comprehension of the procedures is embedded in the PowerPoint presentations. Also, to reiterate, role-playing demonstrations are plentiful throughout the training. Rehearsal of such procedures by attendees may be afforded (volunteer basis only, depending on time constraints). Handouts to facilitate training of parents will be provided.
Audience: BCBAs and licensed psychologists who are involved with in-home programs who also conduct parent training. This training is ideally suited for the attendee wanting to develop behavioral skills in a child's parent, starting with a structured training format for building instructional responsiveness to their directives.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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