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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W36
CANCELED: Verbal Behavior and Using VB Programming and Competency Checklists in Developing Communication Skills With Adults
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency
Area: VRB/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Vivian A. Attanasio, M.S.
AMANDA DUVA (Services for the Underserved), VIVIAN A. ATTANASIO (Services for the Underserved), AMY RACHEL BUKSZPAN (Services for the Underserved)
Description: Skinner's 1957 analysis of verbal behavior suggests that language is behavior and functional language, or lack thereof, is directly related to problem behaviors. Though there is a robust pool of research and review of teaching practices with children, evidence-based programming are lacking in the use of typical VB techniques in working with adults with developmental disabilities. Working with an older population who retain a long history of previously learned and reinforced behaviors, and who now engage in multifaceted relationships calls for not only the use of basic teaching techniques, but also demands for more complex programming to address abstract and advanced needs. The workshop will apply the theory to practice by reviewing several cases of varying-level learners, discussing the obstacles faced for each of these individuals, and how the team was able to utilize the principles of ABA and VB to guide the teaching of communication skills. The group will then practice these methodologies together using the Behavioral Skills Training Model.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (a) Describe the Verbal Operants as they relate to functions of behavior; (b) Conduct a manding session with an individual with basic pre-requisites; and (c) Describe and complete a competency checklist on mand training; (d) Identify methodologies utilized in developing communication programs for adults.
Activities: This workshop will include a lecture, data review of several case studies, and introduction of tools used by the authors for training purposes. Small group breakout periods and immediate feedback will occur to facilitate acquisition of identified skills.
Audience: BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs and clinicians working with children and adults who demonstrate communication deficits.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): competency checklist, developmental disabilities, manding, verbal behavior



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