Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: BACB
Motivating Learner Participation Without the Use of Traditional Escape Extinction With the Seven Steps to Earning Instructional Control
Thursday, May 27, 2021
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Robert Schramm, M.A.
ROBERT SCHRAMM (Knospe-ABA; Meridian Rehab; Robert Schramm Consulting)
Description: Through the principles and considerations of the Verbal Behavior approach to ABA, learn an invaluable seven step procedure for earning motivated learning from even the most unwilling participants without the use of forced physical prompts or escape extinction. Although this seven step format was originally developed for use by parents and therapists involved with "in-Home" interventions for non-verbal children with autism, the "Seven Steps to Earning Instructional Control" can be remarkably functional in all forms of school, clinic, and public settings for intermediate and advanced learners as well. Content has obtained credibility, as demonstrated by the involvement of the broader practice, education, and science communities in studying or applying the findings, procedures, practices, or theoretical concepts and has been a very popular workshop at ABAI for several years.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn to: (1) value the importance of learner assent in home, clinic and education settings. (2) use creative and practical methods for controlling the access to reinforcement in the environment as a tool for earning Instructional Control. (3) prioritize the value and process of Pairing oneself with reinforcement in the eyes of the learner as a tool for Instructional Control. (4) prioritize the value and process of being meticulously contingent with words and actions as a tool for earning Instructional Control. (5) value the differences between positive and negative reinforcement and why one is desired over the other in earning instructional control with an unmotivated or unwilling learner. (6) effectively use a Variable Ratio of Reinforcement and how to increase that ratio over time as a tool for earning Instructional Control. (7) prioritize learning objectives "on the fly" and use differential reinforcment effectively as a tool for earning Instructional Control. (8) best use Extinction and Negative Punishment procedures as a tool for earning instructional control while preparing for and protecting against the extinction burst.
Activities: Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer, Video demonstration
Audience: Pre-requisite skills would be an understanding of the basic principles of behavior and some experience implementing instructional control or compliance training techniques with an unmotivated or otherwise challenging learner.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): 7 Steps, Compliance Training, Cooperation, Instructional Control



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