Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W3
Application of the Play and Language (PAL) Program for Early Autism Intervention
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Evelyn Amanda Boutot, Ph.D.
EVELYN AMANDA BOUTOT (Texas State University), SAMUEL DIGANGI (Arizona State University)
Description: This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to use a new early intervention assessment and curriculum, the PAL, to develop instructional programs for young children with or at risk for autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities. Based on 2 years of pilot use and 2 years of broader practice, the PAL is designed for infants and toddlers ages 0-5 years of age and covers five domains: Imitation and play skills, joint attention and social interaction, visual discrimination, receptive language, expressive language. The authors/presenters will provide participants with a basic overview of the PAL development (over a 10 year period, including pilot testing and content analysis by subject matter experts), demonstrate and provide opportunities to practice scoring the assessment for initial program development and on-going progress monitoring, and will demonstrate and provide practice on developing an intervention program based on assessment results. Presenters will also describe how the PAL should be part of a comprehensive assessment protocol, including other assessments such as the VB-Mapp as a companion assessment.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1) List and describe the 5 domains areas covered by the PAL; (2) Describe at least 2 uses of the PAL and for whom it is suited; (3) Score the PAL across multiple domains for both initial program planning and on-going progress monitoring; (4) Describe how the PAL can be used to develop and monitor intervention programs; (5) Discuss the usefulness of the PAL as part of a comprehensive assessment protocol.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of lecture, discussion, guided practice, small group breakout, and video observation.
Audience: BCaBAs and BCBAs/BCBA-Ds working with infants, toddlers and/or preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disability or delay. Target audience are those whose responsibility it is to assess for initial program development and/or on-going progress monitoring.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): assessment, infants, play, program development



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