Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W7
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Play Skills and Establishing Creativity in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Granite B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Robert K. Ross, Ed.D.
ROBERT K. ROSS (Beacon ABA Services), JENNIFER SMITH (Beacon ABA Services)
Description: The purpose of this intermediate workshop is to train participants in the use of various strategies to teach creative play, through the use of visual supports. Creativity will be defined using behavioral definitions with an emphasis placed on planning for generalization. A variety of systematic strategies for teaching creative play using visuals will be reviewed with participants. Some of these strategies will include: Matrix training, Video modeling, Visual checklists and Picture Activity Schedules. Video modeling has been shown to be a successful teaching strategy in increasing pretend play skills in children diagnosed with autism (MacDonald, Sacramone, Mansfield, Wiltz & Ahearn, 2009), while matrix training has demonstrated successful results in teaching generalized language responses without direct teaching (Goldstein & Mousetis, 1989). Picture Activity schedules have also been used to foster independent play in children with ASD (MacDuff, G. S., Krantz, P. J., & McClannahan, L. E., 1993), This workshop will describe the expanded use of visual supports to facilitate generalization of materials, settings and play skills.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the deficits in children with ASD to rationalize a need for teaching creativity; (2) Identify the need to plan for generalization; (3) Describe matrix training and create a matrix for a pretend play activity; (4) Describe video modeling and one scenario in which to implement it; (5) Identify settings and occasions to use scenarios and learners to use them with; (6) Describe various forms and modalities of activity schedules and match them to individual learning styles.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of lecture, small group instruction, guided practice, and video observation.
Audience: Certified behavior analysts, graduate students, ABA practitioners
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Matrix Training, Play skills, Recombinative Generalization, Video Modeling



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