Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W67
Solving the Receptive Language Puzzle: Pushing the Boundaries of Research and Practice
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom F
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Vincent LaMarca, M.A.
VINCENT LAMARCA (Little Star Center)
Description: Initial difficulty with receptive language is common for some children with autism (Carp 2012). A number of strategies have been tested over the years (Chestnut, 2003; Pelios,2004) and general guidelines for teaching receptive language have been published (Grow, 2013). But what to do when all else fails? This workshop will review 22 current treatment procedures that have been effective for some children with autism. Treatment procedures were identified through a literature review of receptive language research as well as case study examples. Research data, clinical data, and video examples of how to implement different strategies will be presented. The workshop will also identify other potential formats and additional steps that may help some children who would not otherwise gain receptive language skills.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify 22 different teaching procedures that can be used with receptive language; (2) categorize different teaching procedures in a manner that allows for systematic review of which procedure to implement; (3) identify different client profiles that may make one strategy more effective than another; (4) create modifications to different strategies that remain grounded in research.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, video observation, active student responding, and group discussion.
Audience: Behavior analysts who have previous experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism or developmental disability and who have implemented behaviorally based procedures to teach receptive language, 2016 FABA conference attendees who wanted more than my 1-hour presentation could offer, and curious individuals who typically hold strong views they like to post on social media.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): listener responding, receptive labeling, receptive language



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