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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Paper Session #88
CANCELED: Issues in Teaching Behavior Analysis: Methodology
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
11:30 AM–12:20 PM
Studio AB, Niveau 2
Area: TBA
Chair: Rhian Edwards (University of Bangor)
CANCELED: Discrete Trial Teaching: An Opportunity for Multimedia
Domain: Applied Research
Michael Keenan (Ulster University), NICHOLA BOOTH (Behavior Analysis)
Abstract: Discrete-trial teaching (DTT) is an instructional teaching method with its ethos lying in the experimental analysis of behaviour. It is a common instructional technique that has been a part of many EIBI programmes for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. There have been many different methods used to teach the DTT procedure to individuals working with children on the autism spectrum many of which have been recognised as being both time and cost intensive before competency has been achieved. This research examined three teaching methods to determine which was more effective in teaching parents of children with an ASD to understand the DTT procedure. The three conditions, a PowerPoint presentation, a text describing the procedure, and an animation of the procedure where introduced to the participants and trials to criterion data were obtained on each condition. Results showed that for all participants the animation condition was superior for achieving competency. These results offer promising guidelines for effective ways to teach parents of children with ASD how to implement behavioural technologies.
CANCELED: Comparing the Effectiveness of Antecedent and Consequential Feedback During Web-Based Training in an Applied Setting
Domain: Applied Research
RHIAN EDWARDS (University of Bangor)
Abstract: Teaching learners with autism can be extremely effective when implemented correctly. In order to offer training to staff that may work in remote areas or independent of other practitioners, there is a relatively new approach to training being researched; web-based behavioural skills training (BST), which can be used to link professionals working together at a long distance, or in isolation. In order to further the current literature, we should be exploring the ways in which this training can be delivered to produce optimal results, one way of doing this is the timing of feedback. We examined the effectiveness of web-based training, specifically comparing the different feedback timings.; antecedent or consequential. Using BST, training was delivered to the staff participants via video on a weekly schedule to their current school setting. We trained in two specific skill sets concurrently; independence skills (handwashing) and pairing new activities. We measured staff behaviour using a pre-determined uniform assessment (written quiz), as well as individual component assessments during training (competency checklists). We discuss the effectiveness of the different feedback timing, the contribution of the components of BST to skill acquisition and whether they are all needed to train successfully, and how the staff generalized their skills to working with pupils. We will also raise some considerations regarding staff engagement in the training process and suggest future directions for research.



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