Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Symposium #60
CE Offered: BACB
Sources and Outcomes of Bi-Directional Naming
Saturday, May 25, 2019
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, Montreux 1-3
Area: DEV/EDC; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Shahad Alsharif (Teacher College, Columbia University )
CE Instructor: Shahad Alsharif, M.A.

Bi-directional naming (BiN) is a verbal behavior cusp. Initially, listener and speaker behavior are acquired independently and BiN represents the joining of listener and speaker repertoires. In this symposium, three papers will discuss the sources and outcomes of BiN. The first two papers describe experiences that induce BiN. Hotchkiss, Karanian, and Fienup analyzed two intensities of a tact protocol and the effects on inducing BiN. Hawkins, Gautreaux, and Chiesa examined the effects of a history of multiple exemplar instruction on joint incidental BiN. The third paper examined the outcomes of a BiN repertoire. Longano, Harms, Wilczewski, and Ishikawa examined the acquisition of novel tacts under direct instruction and incidental learning conditions and found faster acquisition during incidental learning opportunities.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): bi-directional naming, naming, verbal cusps
Target Audience:

participants interested in learning about the sources and outcomes of bi-directional naming, or the joining of speaker and listener repertoires

Learning Objectives: 1. Define bi-directional naming 2. Identify experiences that induce bi-directional naming 3. Identify how to modify instruction for individuals with bi-directional naming
Parametric Analysis of the Intensive Tact Procotol to Induce Bi-Directional Naming
REBECCA HOTCHKISS (Teacher's College at Columbia University), Genevieve Karanian (Columbia University Teachers College), Daniel Mark Fienup (Columbia University Teachers College)
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to conduct a parametric analysis of verbal behavior developmental protocols used to induce verbal behavioral cusps/capabilities, to determine the most efficient methods of implementing the protocols based on an individual’s present level of verbal behavioral functioning. A parametric analysis was conducted on the intensity of an Intensive Tact Instruction (ITI) protocol on the induction of Bidirectional Naming (BiN). The researcher matched the participants into dyads based on their similarity in BiN level and rate of learning to assess the effects of the full (100 learn unit) intensity and the accelerated (50 learn unit) intensity of the ITI protocol. Results found that students with higher BiN level and more cusps/capabilities demonstrated equivalent progress when given the accelerated ITI protocol compared to those who received the full ITI protocol. However, those with lower BiN levels and less verbal behavior development benefitted from the full ITI protocol.

Testing the Effects of Multiple Exemplar Instruction on the Induction of Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming in Older Children and Young Adults Diagnosed With Autism

EMMA HAWKINS (Jigsaw CABAS School), Grant Gautreaux (Nicholls State University), Mecca Chiesa (University of Kent)

Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming (Hawkins, Gautreaux, & Chiesa, 2018) is a subtype of Common Bidirectional Naming (Miguel, 2016). Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming is defined as the emergence of both untaught listener behaviour and untaught speaker behaviour following an incidental language experience providing the names of novel items. No direct teaching is involved in the acquisition of the names of these novel items. We evaluated the effectiveness of Multiple Exemplar Instruction (MEI) on the induction of Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming with a group of ten older children and young adults, aged 6-18 years, diagnosed with autism and a learning disability. A multiple probe design was used to test for the acquisition of Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming. One participant acquired Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming following the MEI procedure. Four participants met the criteria for Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming prior to the MEI procedure being implemented. Five participants did not meet the criteria for Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming post-MEI intervention. The potential of tests producing false negative scores and the effects of multiple testing were discussed. It was also suggested that additional prerequisite behavioural cusps may need to be present prior to implementing procedures to induce Joint Incidental Bidirectional Naming.


A Study of the Rate of Tact Acquisition Under Two Experimental Conditions: Direct Tact Instruction and Naming Experiences

Jennifer Longano (Fred S. Keller School), GINGER HARMS (Columbia University Teachers College), Joanna Wilczewski (Columbia University Teachers College), Nana Ishikawa (Columbia University Teachers College)

We investigated the rate of tact acquisition under two experimental conditions, direct tact instruction and the presentation of Naming experiences. Two experiments were conducted using ABAB design counterbalanced across nine participants. Under the direct tact instruction condition, instructors presented a picture, without a verbal antecedent, and delivered social praise contingent on correct responses and a correction procedure (prompting the correct response and representing the picture) contingent on incorrection response. During the naming experiences phases, the instructors presented the picture and said the name of the picture while the participants were attending to the picture. After, we conducted probes to determine if the participants acquired the tacts presented during the naming experiences. Results from both Experiments showed faster rates of acquisition under the naming experience conditions. Participants with Unilateral naming and/or Bidirectional Naming acquired language in the form of tacts at higher rates incidental, whereas, the participants who did not demonstrate Unilateral naming did not.




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