Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Symposium #526
CE Offered: BACB
Clinical Interventions From the Field: Maintaining the Scientist/Practitioner Ideals of Case Management
Monday, May 27, 2019
3:00 PM–4:50 PM
Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom CD North
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Kalle M Laitinen (1989)
Discussant: April N. Kisamore (Hunter College)
CE Instructor: Sara Polgar, M.Ed.

This symposium will address issues related to the application of Scientist/Practitioner service delivery in contemporary home and school programming models. The four presentations will include discussion of clinical follow up, functional use of speech-generating devices, a clinical replication of naming, and long-term applied behavior analysis services provided to adults with autism spectrum disorder.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): behavioral cusps, naming, social skills, speech-generating device
Target Audience:


Revisiting Verbal Behavior Development: A Three Year Follow Up
SHUBHRA GHOSH (Fit Learning Aptos)
Abstract: This presentation continues the annual clinical updates of progress for Shraman. Clinical issues regarding the choice, prioritization, and monitoring of target behavioral cusps will be discussed.
Teaching Flexibility of Language in Learners Using Speech-Generating Devices
SARA POLGAR (David Gregory School )
Abstract: Three learners using speech-generating devices (SGD) to communicate, acquired the skill to ask questions about hidden objects using the protocol described in Williams, Donley, & Keller (2000). Observationally, learners using SGDs learn rotate responses and short phrase mands (i.e.“I want iPad.”) The purpose of the current intervention was to investigate if, with the same learners, we could replicate the findings of Williams, Perez-Gonzalez and Vogt (2005) where by changing contingencies to the three formulated questions the learner’s flexibility in responding increased.
A Systematic Replication of Teaching Naming as a Behavioral Cusp
Abstract: The purpose of this intervention was to teach the capacity of naming to a seven year old learner with autism spectrum disorder. He presented with defined listener, echoic, mand and intraverbal repertoires as scored on his VB-MAPP profile. This presentation will describe data on the establishment of naming up to the date of this conference.

Practical Approaches to Address the Needs of Adolescents and Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder


Ten-year learning history of two 30-year-old males diagnosed with profound cognitive delays at age three. Detailed presentation on the development for the establishment and growth of verbal behavior and ADL repertoires will be presented with discussion of clinical challenges and triumphs over this course of time.




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