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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELED: HELP! I Can't WAIT to Take a BREAK ... and Other Critical Communication Skills
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Columbus Hall EF, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Catherine Horton, M.S.
CATHERINE HORTON (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.), ANNE OVERCASH (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.), ANTHONY CASTROGIOVANNI (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.), DONNA MARIE BANZHOF (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.), JAIME WEDEL (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.), JESSECA COLLINS (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.)
Description: The primary purpose of this workshop is to review best practice considerations for identifying the function of challenging behaviors and discuss corresponding strategies to teach replacement communication skills. Learners commonly demonstrate contextually inappropriate behaviors (CIBs) within their educational environments in the home, school, and community settings. Often, these behaviors are a function of the student's inability to appropriately request assistance, request a break, and/or wait for a desired item/activity. This workshop will include discussion and demonstration of practical ways to teach these critical communication skills to students. The strategies are effective regardless of communicative modality (e.g., sign language, speech, Picture Exchange Communication System, speech generating devices [SGDs]) and should be implemented using similar teaching strategies to be discussed. Both high tech (SGDs) and low tech (pictures and other visuals) options for teaching will be explored.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify and evaluate critical communication skills; (2) design effective teaching strategies to promote these skills independent of modality; (3) incorporate these skills into functional activities and routines.
Activities: Instructional activities will include a combination of lecture, video review, and small group activities to practice skill implementation.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for any team member working with learners with communication challenges. This may include behavior analysts, speech/language pathologists, teachers or others involved with communication training with children and adults with disabilities including autism spectrum disorders.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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