Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W76
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Lovaas Midwest Social Language Curriculum: Current Innovations
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Balboa A-C
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D.
ERIC V. LARSSON (Lovaas Institute Midwest; University of Minnesota), ANGELA BROWN (Lovaas Institute Midwest), CHARRYSE M. LUCKEY (Lovaas Institute Midwest)
Description: This workshop will provide an overview of the current Lovaas Institute Midwest curriculum and give specific examples of innovative objectives and programs. Treatment planning, trouble-shooting, and program evaluation will also be discussed. The curriculum is organized in a four-dimensional matrix of social language skills and generative mastery in the natural environment. Specific programs include auditory comprehension, creative language skills, and advanced cooperation. The organization of the curriculum is used to individualize and pace the introduction of interrelated social skills in a systematic manner. Complex social contingencies are also addressed to ensure that the child is not only acquiring social skills, but is using those skills functionally throughout their 24-hour and seven-day life. Data obtained from children in intensive early intervention will be presented to demonstrate how the generative curriculum can improve the progress of children.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the information about a child's current skill profile that is needed to plan and program for the next phases; (2)State the difference between a generative and a rote skill; (3)Describe aspects of generative creative language production and comprehension skills; (4)Describe aspects of genuinely functional social skills.
Activities: Didactic and written presentation of the overall curriculum design with specific examples of actual short-term objectives and programs. Interactive responses to questions from the audience.
Audience: Practitioners of Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions for Autism.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Generalization, Language, Program Management, Social Behavior



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