Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W18
Learn to Play and Play to Learn: Integrating Verbal and Social Skills Instruction Into Common Play Activities
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 4
Area: DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jeffrey Skowron, Ph.D.
JEFFREY SKOWRON (Beacon ABA Services), SUZANNE SANDA (Beacon ABA Services/Beacon Assessment Center), BROOKE HYLAND LITTLETON (Beacon ABA Services)
Description: In this interactive workshop, we will identify and practice methods for teaching verbal behavior and adaptive social skills in the context of common games and play activities of toddlers and pre-school aged children. The presenters will provided an overview of the different developmental stages of play, as well as a review of empirically supported strategies for teaching play skills. We will then review the verbal operants, as well as age- and developmentally-appropriate social skill behaviors. With this foundation, the presenters will guide participants in identifying and modeling strategies for using common games, toys, and play materials to teach young children developmentally appropriate skill sequences. Special emphasis will be given to mand training and instruction in basic attentional and social skills (e.g., listening; joining in; sharing). Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback about ways of integrating this material into their current clinical work.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify and provide examples of different developmental stages of play; (2) identify appropriate social skills to target with instruction for young children; (3) identify the different verbal operants and provide examples of common topographies in young children; (4) develop and model strategies for teaching social skills to young children in the context of typical play routines; (5) identify and model strategies for teaching verbal behavior to young children in the context of typical play routines; (6) discuss strategies for applying skills and strategies from this workshop into their current clinical activities.
Activities: This workshop will includesmall- and whole-group activities, augmented with lecture and video models of concepts and techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to model skills in small groups using actual play materials. The workshop is Intermediate level, designed for early career or other BCBAs looking to expand their repertoire of skills related to teaching early skills to young children. Though the presenters work primarily with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the content is applicable to any child in need of instruction in verbal or social skills.
Audience: intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Play skills, Social skills



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