Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W78
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Managing Young Children's Behavior With GAMES: Group-Contingency Approaches for Managing Early-Childhood Settings
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Quartz A
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Sheila R. Alber-Morgan, Ph.D.
SHEILA R. ALBER-MORGAN (The Ohio State University), MARIA HELTON (The Ohio State University)
Description: Managing student behavior is a critical skill needed by all classroom teachers. Students who learn in a well-managed classroom tend to demonstrate higher academic achievement than students in a poorly managed classroom (e.g., Burke, Oats, Ringle, O'Niell-Fichtner, & DelGaudio, 2011; Matsumura, Slater & Crosson, 2008). Many teachers of young children find it difficult and frustrating to manage the plethora of challenging behaviors their students emit. Using group contingencies is an evidence-based practice for decreasing disruptions and increasing academic productivity and on-task behavior. Using group contingencies as a class-wide intervention is an efficient way to manage the behavior of many students simultaneously, requires minimal training, and is less costly than individualized behavioral interventions (Morrison & Jones, 2007). The purpose of this workshop is to provide BCBAs with practical strategies they can use with teachers in school districts in the classwide or schoolwide implementation of group contingencies to increase overall academic and behavioral success of young children. Specifically, participants in the workshop will be presented with strategies for implementing three different kinds of group contingencies–independent, interdependent, and dependent–for managing the wide array of challenging student behaviors in early childhood classrooms.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) explain the components and operations of the three types of group contingencies and apply them to the early childhood environment; (2) design several group contingency interventions for early childhood classrooms; (3) make appropriate decisions for customizing group contingencies for each unique classroom; (4) instruct school teams through the implementation of group classroom management strategies in the early childhood environment.
Activities: This workshop will consist of the following activities: lecture, video observation, guided practice, and group application activities. Content will be presented though lecture, video observation, and discussion. Application activities will consist of designing classroom management strategies for one or more of the group contingencies presented in this workshop. Participants work in teams to develop a comprehensive plan for specific early childhood settings. Supplemental materials include a workshop guide booklet that provides direction for creating and customizing each of the three types of group contingencies.
Audience: The target audience will be BCBAs who provide consultative services to school districts.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): classroom management, early childhood, group contingencies



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