Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W12
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Recent Research on Emergent Behavior: How to Get Started
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Granite A
Area: AUT/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: John W. Esch, Ph.D.
JOHN W. ESCH (Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC)
Description: In a review of observational learning, Townley-Cochran, J.B. Leaf, Taubman, R. Leaf, and McEachin (2015) state, "if the goal of intervention for individuals is to not only treat areas of deficit, but to establish a rate of learning that is similar to typically developing peers for certain individuals, learning through observation is a vital for these individuals" (p 269). Another review (Petursdottir and Carr, 2011) have questioned the traditional ASD sequence of instruction i.e., receptive targerts before expressive targets. They found little empirical evidence for such a sequence. Offering support, Delfs, Conine, Frampton, Shillingsburg, and Robinson (2014) found that emergent (untrained learning) was more probable through expressive training first than with receptive training first. And, Axe (2010) and Ribiero, Miguel, and Goyos (2015) used matrix training procedures to develop untrained emergent behavior. This workshop will present instructional procedures, instructional settings, and instructional sequences that may be instrumental in the development of emergent behavior. Participants will participate in the development of procedures and assessments for the occurrence of emergent behaviors.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1)describe changes to teaching sequences for ASD children recommended in recent reviews and reseach; (2)describe the importance of developing instructional procedures that focus on emergent behavior; (3)list 3 behavioral procedures that might be used to develop emergent behavior; (4)develop sample materials and data sheets for assessing the occurrence of untrained behavior.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met throught lecture, keynote presentation, video instruction discussion, and practice developing simple instructionals materials and data sheets for assessing the occurence of emergent behavior.
Audience: The workshop is designed for BCBAs, BCaBAs with experience in providing direct instruction to persons with an ASD diagnosis and for persons who are responsible for the supervision of others providing direct instruction.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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