Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W78
CE Offered: BACB
The Acquisition of Behavioral Cusps as the Basics to Develop Language
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom G
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Richard E. Laitinen, Ph.D.
GLADYS WILLIAMS (CIEL, SPAIN), RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Peronalized Accelerated Learning Systems (PALS)), SARA GARBARINI (David Gregory School )
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the acquisition of behavioral cusps as basic elements to develop language. Research has shown that basic prerequisites greatly enhance an individual's ability to develop functional language. In this workshop we will provide an overview of the teaching procedures designed to develop these basic skills and tactics to strengthen observational learning in the individual. We will discuss several strategies developed to bring vocal emissions under stimulus control. This discussion will include some basic strategies for teaching tacts as well as a detailed outline of the Rapid Tacting protocol. Building on that knowledge we will introduce a structure that contains elements of Direct Instruction (DI), Precision Teaching (PT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), designed to gradually increasing the sophistication and complexity of language with the goal of becoming a functional speaker.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Identify and describe repertoires that support generative clinical practice; (2) Identify and describe component skills of each repertoire;(3) Formulate training activities that facilitate the emergence of generative clinical application of each repertoire.
Activities: I. An Overview of Pre-Requisite Skills (First hour) a. Why verbal behavior approach b. Behavioral CUSPS of learning c. Conditioning d. Pre-requisite programs in the curriculum e. (Videos of group conditioning and one to one conditioning) II. The Acquisition of basic verbal operants (Second hour) a. Review of standard procedures & protocols c. VideosPractice III. Becoming Fully Verbal (30 min) a. Formulate training activities that facilitate the emergence of generative clinical application of each repertoire b. Videos - IV. Practice and Questions
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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