Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W43
CE Offered: BACB
Using ABA/VB for Toddlers With Developmental Delays and/or Newly Diagnosed With Autism
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom C
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Lynch Barbera, Ph.D.
MARY LYNCH BARBERA (Barbera Behavior Consulting, LLC)
Description: Toddlers with signs of autism need effective and individualized ABA programming in order to reach their fullest potentials. Parents of toddlers often have to wait months or even years for an evaluation and often struggle to find quality behavioral therapy. Many behavior analysts do not have experience working with very young children and have difficulty working within early intervention teams within homes. This workshop will utilize B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and specifically Dr. Mark Sundberg's VB-MAPP Assessment and Curriculum Guide (2008) to provide a framework for assessing and programming for very young children newly diagnosed or showing signs of autism. Dr. Barbera will use her book: The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders (2007) and the VB-MAPP (Sundberg, 2008) to give participants practical strategies that can be implemented immediately. In addition to providing participants with specific ways to improve milestone scores, especially in the areas of language for toddlers, this workshop will also provide information on ways to reduce scores on the barriers assessment for early learners.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Discuss advantages of utilizing B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and utilizing the VB-MAPP for assessing and programming for toddlers with signs of autism; (2) Discuss the general abilities of Level 1 learners and easy early learner programs that can be taught to parents and other EI providers (3) Describe 3 strategies to reduce the barriers assessment score on the VB-MAPP; (4) Discuss the importance of working with parents and other early intervention providers to enable each child to reach his or her fullest potential.
Activities: Through lecture, video examples and group activities, the participants will leave with a better understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis utilizing the VB-MAPP assessment and curriculum guide as it relates to programming for very young children.
Audience: The primary audience for this workshop is BCBAs, licensed psychologists, and educators working in homes or ABA settings with toddlers with autism or developmental delays. Participants should have some familiarity with Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, the elementary verbal operants and the VB-MAPP. BCaBAs, students, and parents with some background in ABA/VB are also welcome.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Developmental Delays, Parent Training, VB-MAPP, Verbal Behavior



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