Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W20
Speech Science for the Behavior Analyst: Behavioral Tricks to Remediate Speech Errors
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
9:15 AM–11:15 AM
Forum EF, Niveau 1
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Janine Shapiro, M.S.
JANINE SHAPIRO (Access Behavior Analysis)
Description: This workshop will detail aspects of speech science relevant for behavior analysts who treat clients with speech errors. Attendees will practice analyzing speech errors to determine the most useful prompting procedures to improve intelligibility. Examples of different prompting and prompt fading procedures that are behavior analytic in nature will be demonstrated and videos of implementation with clients will be shown for clarity. A framework for how to divide up therapeutic resources across verbal and non-verbal means of communication will be provided. Peer-reviewed journal articles that support unlikely positions such as the use of alternative augmentative communication as a means to promote verbal communication will be discussed. The last forty-five minutes will be dedicated to the discussion of specific cases from audience members. The previous content of the workshop will be referenced during this discussion.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) state the three aspects that define any speech sound in any language; (2) determine which aspect(s) of a speech sound is in error when provided with the target sound and the error sound produced by the client; (3) demonstrate at least three different prompting procedures to remediate speech errors; (4) list the six different speech-language profiles of clients; (5) list two different speech errors that if noted, would immediately warrant referral to a speech-language pathologist and/or a physician.
Activities: The workshop will be comprised of lecture, video observation, individual activities, and discussion. Materials that support the content as well as references for journal articles and books will be provided as handouts.
Audience: The target audience is behavior analysts that treat patients with speech errors that affect intelligibility.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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