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 #W50
CE Offered: BACB
Discriminative and Motivational and Multiple Control, Oh My!
Friday, May 28, 2021
1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan Pyles, M.A.
MEGAN PYLES (Pyles & Associates), BRITTANY MACIAS (Pyles & Associates)
Description: To be a fly on the head of any student in a Verbal Behavior class, you’d likely hear bickering about which verbal operant is occurring in a given situation. While charting verbal operants within the ABC contingency is helpful at rudimentary levels, this rarely accounts for the variables that evoke and maintain most verbal behavior in the natural setting. In most instances, verbal behavior is multiply controlled by both motivational and discriminative variables. Each skill taught requires that a unique set of variables be considered. Further, the unique structuring of teaching sets can make or break a learner’s success when contacting complex stimuli, as is often found in the natural environment. This workshop seeks to provide an overview of procedures to account for the multiple control of verbal behavior. Attendees will be provided flow charts on which to map functional relations of different types of verbal behavior, from mands and tacts to intraverbals, all the way up to humorous exchanges (i.e., jokes). As a group, we will outline and develop webs to visually depict the multiple control of verbal behavior and practice translating these into lessons for clients.
Learning Objectives: Learning Objective 1: Outline and chart the controlling variables of complex mands (e.g., mands for information) Learning Objective 2: Outline and develop treatment plans based on methods to teach conditional discriminations Learning Objective 3: Outline stimulus control of jokes and develop teaching procedures to teach joke comprehension.
Activities: Information related to the topics addressed will be provided via lecture, and active participation will be encouraged. Throughout the training we will break out into groups to practice mapping out functional relations of verbal operants, develop teaching procedures, and practice teaching skills.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop is for intermediate to advanced behavior analysts. Attendees should be familiar with verbal operants and have a basic knowledge of stimulus control.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism, Humor, Mands, Stimulus control



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