Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W93
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Multiply Controlled Verbal Behavior: Theory and Application
Friday, May 22, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Olga Meleshkevich, Ph.D.
OLGA MELESHKEVICH (ABA Consulting; Simmons University), JUDAH B. AXE (Simmons University)
Description: With early learners, behavior analysts often teach the basic verbal behavior operants, such as mands, tacts, echoics, and simple intraverbals. Once these repertoires are developed, programming should incorporate multiply controlled verbal behavior where more than one antecedent evokes a response. In this workshop, we will define concepts related to multiply controlled verbal behavior, including “verbal conditional discrimination,” joint control, and autoclitic frames. We will describe and illustrate research-based strategies to overcome restricted stimulus control when teaching three types of multiply controlled verbal behavior: (1) listener responding in which a selection response is evoked by a verbal stimulus and a nonverbal stimulus, (2) “intraverbal-tacts” in which a verbal response is evoked by a question about a picture, and (3) multiply controlled intraverbals in which a verbal response is evoked by a multi-part question (e.g., “What do you eat that is yellow?”). Throughout the workshop, we will discuss the roles of echoic behavior and autoclitic frames on shaping generalized verbal behavior repertoires.
Learning Objectives: • Define multiple control in verbal behavior and “verbal conditional discrimination.” • Explain the concepts of “restricted stimulus control” and “overselectivity.” • Describe research-based strategies for teaching verbal conditional discriminations. • Explain how procedures based on analysis of multiple control facilitate generalization within verbal operants.
Activities: lecture, video demonstrations, small-group activities
Audience: behavior analysts, speech-language pathologists, researchers, graduate students, special education teachers
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autoclitic frames, intraverbal, joint control, multiple control



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