Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W5
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Establishing Social Repertoires in Toddlers With Autism: The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall G
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Rebecca P. F. MacDonald, Ph.D.
REBECCA P. F. MACDONALD (New England Center for Children), PAMELA NICHOLE PETERSON (New England Center for Children), BRIANNA RACHEL HOLOHAN (The New England Center for Children), CAROLYN WALKER (New England Center for Children )
Description: It is widely known that Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) can produce large gains in social, cognitive, and language development in children with ASD, especially when treatment begins prior to their second birthday. The nature of EIBI requires that instruction be delivered throughout the child's waking day. As a result, both therapists and caregivers should be actively involved in the delivery of behavior-analytic programming. When therapists and parents work in coordination and take advantage of the many learning opportunities that arise in the natural environment, rates of skill acquisition increase as well as generalization and maintenance of skills. The purpose of the present workshop is to highlight key social skills (joint attention, social referencing, and play skills) to include in EIBI and to provide strategies for coaching and training both therapists and parents on the delivery of these services. A variety of exercises will allow participants to identify learning opportunities and practice developing and implementing treatment protocols. In addition we will present staff and parent training protocols and review data from our research on the efficacy of these procedures.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe the key social skills to include in an EIBI program for toddlers, children under 2 years of age; (2) describe strategies for training/coaching both therapists and parents to provide natural behavioral interventions; (3) identify opportunities for teaching in the natural environment and develop strategies for embedding instruction in these situations.
Activities: Lecture, Role-play, Guided practice, small group discussion
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): EIBI, Joint Attention, Parent Training, Social Skills



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