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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Workshop #W14
Using Teaching Interactions to Teach and Generalize Social and Behavior Skills in the School Setting
Thursday, May 26, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 258C
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda SW Wilson, Eds
AMANDA SW WILSON (Navigating Behavior Change), DANIELLE GONYEA (Navigating Behavior Change)
Description: School-based behavior analysts, special educators, and school psychologists are frequently tasked with assisting school teams in teaching social and behavior skills to students across disability categories. Yet, effectively teaching and generalizing these skills is a challenge in the school setting. Available curriculums often lack a systematic approach to skill development, target broad skill areas rather than specific skill deficits, are difficult to individualize, don’t involve an evidence-based teaching methodology, and result in limited generalization. Additionally, many curriculums are developed for students with autism spectrum disorders and present challenges in utilizing with other populations. Participants will be presented the 6 steps of the Teaching Interaction (TI) procedure, an evidence-based expansion of Behavior Skills Training, to effectively teach social and behavior skills across disability categories. Workshop includes instruction and practice in developing individualized scope and sequences to ensure skills are taught systematically to increase generalization. Information will be presented via lecture, video demonstrations, small group collaborations, and discussions. Participants will receive resources to assist in planning TI lessons, task analyzing skills, determining scope and sequences, and collaborating with school staff to implement TI’s. Published evidence for utilizing TI’s will be provided/reviewed and risks of using non-evidence-based procedures will be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) State the 6 steps of the teaching interaction procedure; (2) List similarities and differences between teaching interactions and behavior skills training; (3) State the rationale for developing a scope and sequence when planning social and behavior skills instruction for individual students; (4) Name critical components in planning and generalizing taught skills; (5) List steps to use the competing pathway to guide development of individual scope and sequences; (6) Use tools provided to plan individual teaching interaction lessons.
Activities: Activities will include lecture, video demonstrations, small group collaborations, and discussion. Workshop objectives will be met through a mixed presentation of lecture, group collaborations, discussion, and video modeling. Content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of teaching interactions. Supplemental materials will be provided so that participants are able to review information after the workshop as well as to support implementation of taught skills.
Audience: This intermediate workshop is suggested for behavior analysts, school psychologists, and others consulting and/or working within an educational setting to increase prosocial behaviors while decreasing challenging behaviors. Participants should have background knowledge in functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, task analysis, and consultation/collaboration within the school setting. Participants will be encouraged to consider common barriers to generalization of social and behavior skills in the school setting, reflect on their own limitations, and consider expanding their repertoire with the information provided within this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Challenging Behavior, Emotional Disorders, School-based Consultation, Skill Generalization



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