Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: BACB
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention Strategies for Individuals With Autism
Thursday, May 23, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, St. Gallen 1
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joseph Novak, Ed.D.
JOSEPH NOVAK (REED Academy; Kean University)
Description: AAC will be reviewed for its benefits for expressive and receptive language (Light et al., 1998). Research-based information is provided as it relates to how vocal speech development is affected by AAC (Olive et al., 2007). Communication modes, the range of communication systems (low tech to high tech), and brief information related to assessment are reviewed. Research on the efficacy of speech-generating devices for supporting communication needs of individuals with autism will be explicitly reviewed. Information regarding recommended prompts/prompt-fading procedures will be shared (Feeley & Jones, 2012). Steps for initiating intervention and selecting initial vocabulary are reviewed (Rosales, Stone, & Rehfeldt, 2009). Considerations for implementing FCT as it relates to AAC are reviewed (Carr & Durand, 1985). Addressing AAC needs for learners with partial vocal speech is addressed and a sample protocol is shared. AAC modeling techniques are reviewed in detail (Harris & Reichle, 2004). Additional strategies for common challenges with AAC intervention are discussed. Specific skill acquisition programs to target skills such as communicative repair will be shared.
Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to describe the research to date on the use of speech-generating devices for individuals with autism. 2) Participants will be able to accurately describe the initial steps in implementing an AAC-based intervention as well as curricular goals to move beyond requesting. 3) Participants will be able to accurately describe various instructional strategies including language modeling and direct prompting. 4) Participants will be able to describe a protocol for supporting vocal speech for individuals who use SGDs as well as the rationale behind the techniques within the protocol.
Activities: - Instructional strategies include: lecture, discussion, small group breakout (as appropriate). - Workshop objectives will be met through a presentation of lecture, video, and group discussion. - Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies will be provided as appropriate. - Supplemental materials for will be provided in order to support participant learning. - The format combines lecture and small group activities.
Audience: The target audience consists of BCBAs who may only have entry-level competence in the area of augmentative and alternative communication. Because collaboration with SLPs may not always be possible, it is important that BCBAs have a more thorough understanding of intervention strategies for individuals with autism who use AAC.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): AAC, Language Modeling, Picture-Based Communication, Speech-Generating Devices



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