Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #438
CE Offered: BACB
This Ain't Your Granddaddy's Behavior Analysis: Using Derived Relational Responding to Supercharge Autism Treatment
Monday, May 29, 2017
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3
Area: AUT/PCH; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D.
Chair: Alyssa N. Wilson (Saint Louis University)
MARK R. DIXON (Southern Illinois University)
JONATHAN J. TARBOX (FirstSteps for Kids)
JOSHUA K. PRITCHARD (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: During the past decade, there has been an exponential growth in the application of relational frame theory (RFT) to persons with autism.   In contrast to many of the typical ABA approaches to language, the RFT approach seems to focus on teaching relations among stimuli more so than teaching lists of response topographies.   Outcome data from a growing list of studies and literature suggest that meaningful, measurable, and durable growth can occur for a child with autism when exposed to techniques that teach derived relational responding.   This panel features three leaders in our field that have contributed greatly to the RFT application to persons with autism and related disabilities.  They will speak on the promise, hope, and future of autism interventions can have when they move from the traditional Skinnerian approach to that of relational frame theory.  The panel will be chaired by yet another emerging leader in the derived relational responding movement.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism intervention, Derived relations, Relational responding, RFT



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