Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W28
A Progressive Approach to Discrete Trial Teaching: Some Current Guidelines
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 2
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joseph H. Cihon, M.S.
JUSTIN B. LEAF (Autism Partnership Foundation), JOSEPH H. CIHON (Autism Partnership Foundation; Endicott College), RONALD LEAF (Autism Partnership Foundation), JOHN JAMES MCEACHIN (Autism Partnership Foundation), MITCHELL T. TAUBMAN (Autism Partnership Foundation), JULIA FERGUSON (Autism Partnership Foundation)
Description: Discrete trial teaching (DTT) is one of the cornerstones of applied behavior analysis (ABA) based interventions. Conventionally, DTT is commonly implemented within a prescribed, fixed manner in which the therapist is governed by a strict set of rules. In contrast to conventional DTT, a progressive approach to DTT allows the therapist to remain flexible, making in-the-moment analyses and changes based on several variables (e.g., individual responding, current and previous history). The instructors will 1) describe some guidelines to a progressive approach to DTT, 2) provide research, clinical data, and video examples of a progressive approach to DTT, and 3) provide opportunities for the participants to practice components of a progressive implementation of DTT.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify 8 guidelines to a progressive approach to DTT; (2) identify the disadvantages associated with a not adopting a progressive approach to DTT; and (3) identify considerations while training staff in a progressive approach to DTT.
Activities: Instructional strategies include a balance of: lecture, video observation, discussion, and guided practice.
Audience: Behavior analysts who have previous experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism or developmental disabilities and who have and have not implemented DTT.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): autism, DTT, progressive ABA



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