Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #28
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Strategies for Inclusive Settings
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom C
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Jeremy H. Greenberg (The Children's Institute of Hong Kong)
CE Instructor: Jeremy H. Greenberg, Ph.D.

In this symposium, we included three papers related to using behavioral analytic strategies in inclusive settings. The first presentation used peer-mediated strategies embedded in Lego activities to increase social initiation and responses for children with autism in an inclusive preschool setting. The second presentation used social narratives combined with behavioral strategies to improve oral narratives for a child with hearing impairments in various settings and evaluated the generalization effect an inclusive classroom. The third paper presents several behavioral strategies that can be used in inclusive settings for students with different ability levels.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BCBAs, BCaBAs, special education teachers, general education teachers


Using Peer-Mediated LEGO Play Intervention to Improve Social Interactions for Chinese Children With Autism in an Inclusive Setting

XIAOYI HU (Beijing Normal University), Qunshan Zheng (University of Florida), Gabrielle T. Lee (Chongqing Normal University)

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a peer-mediated LEGO? play intervention on improving social skills for children with ASD in an inclusive preschool in China. Three boys with ASD and 13 typically developing children participated in this study. A multiple-probe across participants design was used. The intervention consisted of LEGO? construction activities incorporated with peer-mediated strategies for one child with ASD and two typically developing peers. The intervention sessions were conducted two sessions per week with a total of 28 to 31 sessions for each participant. Results indicate that all three children with ASD increased their social initiations and responses following the completion of the intervention. Social validity was also obtained.


An Intervention Study of Story Grammar Instruction Based on Picture Books on the Oral Narrative Ability of a Student With Hearing Impairments in a General Education Classroom

Huan Li (Southwest University, Chongqing, China), Zhengting Feng (Southwest University, Chongqing, China), XIAOYI HU (Beijing Normal University, China)

Oral narrative ability exerts a major impact on the cognitive development, interpersonal communication and verbal learning of hearing-impaired students learning in regular class. Through a cross-situation multi-baseline research on a single subject, the study employs story grammar instruction based on picture books as the plan for intervening oral narrative ability of the student in communicating with family members, a private tutor and strangers. It is found that the intervention method leads to significant improvements in story length and story grammar concerning the oral narrative ability of the hearing-impaired student in the three communication situations. As for the effect of the intervention on discourse coherence in the student's oral narration, further studies are still needed. In view of those findings, the study puts forward corresponding suggestions on the application of picture-book-based story grammar instruction in actual situation.


Applied Behavior Analysis as a Teaching Technology for Inclusion

Amoy Kito Hugh-Pennie (The Harbour School & HKABA), Hye-Suk Lee Park (KAVBA ABA Research Center), Nicole Luke (Surrey Place Centre), TRACY YIP (The Children's Institute of Hong Kong)

Applied behavior analysis is known as an effective way to address the needs of people with autism spectrum disorders. The layperson may also associate behavior analysis with forensic psychology through their experience of crime dramas such as Criminal Minds: Behavior Analysis Unit. However accurate or simplified these portrayals they are a very narrow view of the larger field of behavioral science. Behavior analysis has a host of applications in the real world. Some of these applications include but are certainly not limited to the determination of social policies, advertising, policing, animal training, business practices, diet and exercise regimens and education. In this chapter the authors will focus on how applied behavior analysis can be used as a teaching technology from the behavioral and educational literature that has the potential to help lead the way out of the educational crisis faced in the United States of America and abroad.




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