Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W9
Referent-Based Verbal Behavior Instruction
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Alonzo Alfredo Andrews, M.A.
ALONZO ALFREDO ANDREWS (The University of Texas at San Antonio), LEE L MASON (Cook Children's Health Care System; Texas Christian University)
Description: Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior deconstructed language according to stimulus control. Although the functional independence of these verbal operants has been empirically demonstrated, more commonly, speaker’s verbal behavior is induced by a convergence of controlling stimuli. However, circumscribed stimulus control may inhibit the development of complex verbal repertoires for some individuals, including those with autism spectrum disorders. For this reason, in this workshop, we describe a behavior analytic intervention with the overarching goal of establishing multiple control over verbal behavior through the conditioning of referent stimuli.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the strength of verbal operants in relation to one another; (2) demonstrate prompting and fading of verbal operants; and (3) demonstrate the process for transferring stimulus control across verbal operants
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, video modeling, role-playing, and workbook demonstrations. Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies will be provided. Guided notes will be provided in order to support participant learning.
Audience: This workshop is geared towards Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, special education teachers, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, and other professionals who provide direct services to strengthen the language of children with autism. (Ideally, this workshop will follow our other workshop submission on the Verbal Behavior Stimulus Control Ratio Equation)
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): control transfer, generative instruction, high-p sequence, verbal behavior



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