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).

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Workshop #W29
CE Offered: BACB
Preparing Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder for Kindergarten
Friday, May 28, 2021
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Sonja R. de Boer, Ph.D.
SONJA R. DE BOER (Spring Harbor Hospital-Maine Behavior Health; North Haven Community School)
Description: A common goal for educators and behavior analysts is for young children to enter Kindergarten with the skills that allow them to LEARN NEW SKILLS and CONCEPTS IN A LARGE GROUP with other children of the same age. Children also need to enter Kindergarten being able to INDEPENDENTLY demonstrate and use the skills they need to learn and participate in academic, social, play, adaptive behavior, and self-help activities. This means that educators and behavior analysts working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 0-5 need to focus on teaching these children LEARNING TO LEARN SKILLS. The proactive and preventative early intervention ABA teaching methods utilized with young children with autism have been proven over and over to improve academic, behavior, adaptive and social skills. In spite of drastic improvements in these skill areas, many children with autism enter Kindergarten unable to successfully participate and learn in a typical Kindergarten. This workshop will provide educators and behavior analysts with information on and teaching strategies for the specific areas of learning to learn skills (early, intermediate and advanced learners) that need to be developed for children with autism to enter and be successful in a general education Kindergarten.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) list and explain four overall proactive and preventative early intervention ABA teaching and behavior intervention methods to utilize with with young children with autism to increase the quality and quantity of their academic, behavior, adaptive and social skills; (2) list and explain specific learning to learn skills that need to be developed for young children with autism to enter and be successful in a general education Kindergarten classes; (3) explain how to set up an early childhood environment that has clear routines and boundaries which motivates child with autism to learn and behave appropriately.
Activities: The workshop objectives will be met through the use of lecture, group discussions, question and answer, video demonstrations and practice using forms and data sheets.
Audience: In order for this workshop to benefit participants, they need a basic understanding of ABA early intervention strategies with young children with autism, as well as experience working in early childhood and Kindergarten settings with children with autism (mild, moderate and/or severe).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, early childhood, early intervention, inclusion



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