Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Beyond Mand Training: Increasing Meaningful Social Behaviour in Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
9:15 AM–11:15 AM
Studio AB, Niveau 2
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Susan E. Tirella, M.Ed.
SUSAN E. TIRELLA (Forest Bridge School), Sarah Walker (Forest Bridge School)
Description: While traditional applied behaviour analysis programs are often extremely effective in increasing communication skills and remediating repetitive, stereotyped behaviours in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; many fail to address social skills beyond initiating social interactions through mand training. This workshop will review the application of Teaching Interactions (Leaf, et al., 2009), and how to implement them while following a comprehensive social skills curriculum (Winner, 2005) for individuals with high-functioning Autism. Participants will learn how to increase appropriate social behaviours in structured teaching sessions through the use of discrimination training and role-play and how to program for generalization to natural contingencies by establishing a socially significant rationale for change and systematically shaping approximations.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify socially significant social behaviours to increase; (2) identify the components of an effective teaching plan based on teaching interactions; (3) develop a lesson plan that increases the identified social behaviour and programs for generalization to natural contingencies.
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture, discussion, video observation and small group breakout.
Audience: BCaBAs, BCBAs, or other individuals with experience and training in ABA and a basic understanding of typical social skills development.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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