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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #180
CE Offered: BACB
An Expanded Analysis of Joint Attending and Social Referencing: Toward a Functional Taxonomy
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom H
Area: AUT/DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Richard E. Laitinen, Ph.D.
Chair: Gladys Williams (CIEL, SPAIN)
PER HOLTH (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Personalized Accelerated Learning Systems (PALS))
MARTHA PELAEZ (Florida International University)

Joint Attending and Social Referencing (JA/SR) most often involves two or more people simultaneously attending to the same constellation or elements of an environmental event. As a critical "learning-to-learn" repertoire, JA/SR is an important foundation for learners to acquire and master. By definition, JA/SR is a social phenomenon; however, it is also solipsistic in that joint attending may occur within the individual as a fusion of "speaker/listener" repertoires that allow for self-referencing and self-talk that guides what an individual attends to at any one time. This panel will present a draft taxonomy of JS/SR intended to formalize and categorize the variables responsible for the emergence and growth of JS/SR competencies throughout a person's lifetime.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Practitioners who are interested in how to organize and delivery effective programming to develop extended joint attending and social referencing repertoires in their clients.

Learning Objectives: To reference and locate individual joint attending/social referencing programs within a taxonomy of functional relations that influence the emergence, generalization and application of such skills in a progressive, organized manner.



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