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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W62
CE Offered: BACB
Play Should Be Fun
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kat Chapman, M.S.
KATHLEEN BERRY (ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing), KAT CHAPMAN (ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing)
Description: Play is a fundamental skill that facilitates the development of language, social, and cognitive skills. Play can be used to enhance motivation for learning as well as a teaching strategy. Most of all, play should be fun. This workshop will focus on how to effectively teach play in a way that enhances a child's natural motivation. It will include the sequencing of skill acquisition and strategies for targeting play during therapy sessions and in the natural environment, as well as strategies for engaging with clients typically considered "non-responders," and how to improve and increase a client's duration of engagement and play routines. Research into play interventions will be covered along with example goals, teaching steps, and video examples. Teaching play through interventions such as JASPER, Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) will be used as examples of evidenced-based strategies for facilitating play development.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) assess a client's play level; (2) develop goals for play; (3) teach basic play skills.
Activities: Instructional Strategies will include: lecture, discussion, video examples, and small group activities. Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, video observation, and group discussion. Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies will be provided.
Audience: BCaBAs and any higher credentialed people interested in improving clients language, social, and cognitive skills through play.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Child Development, Naturalistic Intervention, Play Levels, Play Skills

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