Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Providing an Effective Curriculum for Children and Adults With Limited Skill Repertoires and Problem Behavior
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 AM–9:00 AM
Forum ABC, Niveau 1
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Patrick E. McGreevy, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A.), TROY FRY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A)
Description: Those working with children and adults with limited skill repertoires and problem behavior often find that selecting targets for skill acquisition is extremely challenging. They are often provided with developmental curricula (e.g., the VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, or Denver Early Start Model) designed primarily for young children with autism or delays in language and social skills, who acquire intraverbal repertoires and experience stimulus generalization and novel responses. Skills that are part of these curricula are often not functional for children or adults with limited skill repertoires or problem behavior. This workshop will describe the difference between developmental and functional skills (for example, the difference between rote counting and counting objects) and why functional skills are important for these children and adults. This workshop will then provide a review of the available functional skills curricula and an analysis of these instruments with respect to the principles and procedures of our science. This workshop will also describe how teaching functional skills improves the teaching repertoires of behavior analysts.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe the difference between developmental and functional skills; (2) describe three developmental and three corresponding functional skills; (3) describe why children and adults with limited skill repertoires and problem behavior should be taught functional, rather than developmental, skills; (4) describe how teaching teaching functional skills improves their overall teaching repertoire.
Activities: This workshop will include lecture, demonstrations, and guided practice for participants.
Audience: The target audience is BCBAs and BCABAs with limited experience, who are being asked to provide intensive instruction for children and adults with limited skill repertoires and problem behavior.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Developmental skills, Functional skills, Generalization, Language skills



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