Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Workshop #W39
CE Offered: BACB
Assessing Instructional Staffing Needs: Dyad and Group Instruction
Friday, May 27, 2022
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 103
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Silva Orchanian, M.Ed.
SILVA ORCHANIAN (Melmark New England), KYLEE ANNE FORMENTO (Melmark Pennsylvania)
Description: Assessing individual needs across instructional arrangements is an important part of providing services and promoting progress within an educational setting. While research suggests that individual instruction arrangements are highly effective in teaching new skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, instruction in this format hinders generalization of skills (Koegel and Rincover, 1974), reduces opportunities for observational learning, and reduces the efficiency of instructional sessions when compared to group instruction (Plavnick and Hume, 2014; Rehfeldt et al, 2003; Ledford et al, 2008; Tekin-Iftar and Birkin, 2010). From childhood into adulthood, it is paramount to build pre-requisite components, establish independence and promote generalization their skills. Acquisition of the essential skills to make effective progress in a group setting lends to success in less restrictive environments such as schools, vocational placements and the community. This presentation will: (a) review the literature on and rational for transitioning away from one-to-one instruction; (b) focus on core skills for effectively learning within a group instructional arrangement (c) and prepare the instructor to arrange the environment, deliver instruction, reinforcement and consequences to promote a child success.?? To further facilitate understanding of the presented material, the audience will engage in activities to develop skills in teaching within different instructional formats .
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) Provide rationale for moving away from 1:1 instructional arrangements 2)Discuss the importance of introducing dyad and group instruction with stakeholders (e.g., staff, parents, funders, etc.) 3) Describe types of dyad instruction 4) Prepare to successfully implement dyad instruction in their settings 5) Determine the appropriateness of dyad instruction for particular individuals 6) Demonstrate effective dyad instruction 7) Understand when and how to move from dyad to group instruction
Activities: The format combines lecture, video demonstrations of the strategies discussed and role play following a BST model. Supplemental materials (e.g., sample datasheets) will be provided to support participant learning.
Audience: Teachers, behavior analysts and other professionals with experience delivering instruction based on the principles of applied behavior analysis in a 1:1 format
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Classroom Management, Group Instruction, Increasing Independence, Pre-requisite Skills



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