Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Rules to Live By: Teaching Rule-Governed Behavior to Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall E
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Yakos, M.A.
JENNIFER YAKOS (Institute for Behavioral Training), CECILIA KNIGHT (Institute for Behavioral Training)
Description: Social skills instruction is a primary focus of many ABA intervention programs designed for individuals with ASD. While basic social skills targets may be effectively taught using traditional contingency shaped learning strategies, intermediate and advanced skills generally require the individual to learn and apply numerous rules to dynamic social situations that are constantly changing. This workshop will discuss and review evidence-based procedures to teach rule governed behavior to individuals with ASD, specifically regarding rules which relate to social norms, contexts and boundaries, as well as interpersonal behaviors involving perspective taking, conversation skills, and self-regulation. This workshop will include several case studies demonstrating rule governed behavior instruction, as well as practice opportunities to develop instructional strategies for teaching and applying rules.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify and review evidence-based procedures for teaching rules to individuals with ASD; (2) review and discuss examples of teaching rule-governed behavior across several different skill repertoires, including social skills, perspective-taking, and executive function; (3) practice developing instructional strategies to teach rule-governed behavior by incorporating evidence-based treatment protocols.
Activities: Workshop activities will include a combination of lecture, video demonstration, guided practice, small group practice and group discussion.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BCBAs, BCaBAs, educators, therapists, administrators, and other professionals involved in the development and implementation of treatment for individuals with ASD.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism, Social Rules, Social Skills



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