Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W57
CE Offered: BACB
Preparing Learners With Limited Skill Repertoires, Including Many With Autism, for the Challenges of Everyday Living
Friday, May 26, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3C
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Patrick E. McGreevy, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy and Associates), TROY A FRY (Essential For Living)
Description: Most children with autism, along with other moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome and Angelmann syndrome, even with intensive, high-quality intervention, will not ‘catch up’ to their typically-developing peers and will not acquire a repertoire of formal academic skills. In spite of this fact, many ABA programs continue to use developmental curricula with 10, 11, and 12-year old children who read on a first-grade level with very little comprehension, who are ‘stuck in level 2 of the VB-MAPP’, and who will never be asked to respond to feature-function-class questions at any other time in their lives. These learners need instruction referenced to quality of life, rather than developmental milestones or academic standards. The authors will describe how to gradually change programs of instruction for these learners to this reference point.
Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will describe how a tact repertoire can influence the quality of life of a learner with a limited skill repertoire (2) Participants will describe five skills that can improve the quality of life of a learner with a limited skill repertoire to a greater extent than intraverbals (3) Participants will describe how to gradually replace feature-function-class questions with speaking and listening skills that significantly improve the quality of life of a learner with a limited skill repertoire
Activities: lecture, discussion, and specific, sample exercises in program planning
Audience: The audience members should have a basic knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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