Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W10
The Acquisition of Behavioral Cusps as the Basics to Develop Language
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 AM–9:00 AM
Forum EF, Niveau 1
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Richard E. Laitinen, Ph.D.
GLADYS WILLIAMS (CIEL, SPAIN), RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Personalized Accelerated Learning Systems (PALS))
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the acquisition of behavioral cusps as basic elements to develop language. Research has shown that basic prerequisites greatly enhance an individual's ability to develop functional language. In this workshop we will provide an overview of the teaching procedures designed to develop these basic skills and tactics to strengthen observational learning in the individual. We will discuss several strategies developed to bring vocal emissions under stimulus control. This discussion will include some basic strategies for teaching tacts as well as a detailed outline of the Rapid Tacting protocol. Building on that knowledge we will introduce a structure that contains elements of Direct Instruction (DI), Precision Teaching (PT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), designed to gradually increasing the sophistication and complexity of language with the goal of becoming a functional speaker.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Identify and describe pre-listener skill repertoires; 2. Identify and describe listener repertoires; 3. Identify and describe speaker verbal repertoires; 4. Practice use of strategies to teach basic speaker verbal repertoires; 5. Identify and describe repertoires that support language flexibility; 6. Identify what describe component skills of each verbal repertoire.
Activities: Combines- lecture, discussion, small break out-group, video observation, and targeted reading.
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, behavioral cusps, skill acquisition, verbal behavior



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