Association for Behavior Analysis International

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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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Symposium #224
Practical Applications of Fluency Training
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Area: DEV/TBA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Megan D. Aclan (University of Southern California; Aclan Behavioral Services)
Discussant: Cameron Mittelman (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: Fluency training is commonly used to teach skills in the academic setting and with individuals with development developmental disabilities. Much of the literature on this topic provide implications on its utility from academic and clinical settings to the natural environment. This symposium will present the application of fluency training in the natural environment.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Fluency, Precision Teaching, SAFMEDS
Utilization of Fluency Training to Decrease Latency and Increase Accuracy in Identifying Grammatical Errors in Writing Samples
ANDREW HALL (University of Southern California), Megan D. Aclan (University of Southern California), Jonathan J. Tarbox (University of Southern California; FirstSteps for Kids)
Abstract: To ensure the highest quality of life possible, being able to perform skills with fluency is vital. Fluency is important in the academic setting since students are expected to demonstrate the same, or similar, skills across various assignments. This study focused on conducting a novel approach to rate-building and fluency training, using a changing criterion embedded within a multiple baseline to evaluate the efficacy of this novel approach. A fluency procedure was used to teach three participants to identify grammatical errors across different writing samples. The data shows that across all participants, fluency was positively affected, both increasing the accuracy of errors corrected, and decreasing the latency and time needed to complete the task. The results of testing, the various unique challenges and solutions presented to this study by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the various implications for ABA telehealth, education, center-based practice, and future research will be discussed as well.
An Evaluation of SAFMEDS on Teaching Disaster Response
IRA MEINHOFER (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: The use of SAFMEDS cards are generally represented in the literature as an efficacious fluency building tool. Many studies have focused on learners in formal academic settings such as high school or college classrooms. We investigated the use of SAFMEDS as an enhancement to current training curriculum methods provided to volunteers by the American Red Cross. Three Red Cross disaster volunteers participated in the study over a 4-week period. Results showed using SAFMEDS complemented existing training methods and accelerated learning across different skills. The increase in learning maintained at 2-week follow-up.



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