Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W66
CE Offered: BACB — 
How to Talk to Teachers to Increase Procedural Fidelity in Classrooms
Friday, May 25, 2018
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, San Diego Ballroom C
Area: EDC/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, M.A.
WENDELA WHITCOMB MARSH (PIPS: Positive Intervention Problem Solving)
Description: Behavior analysts are ethically required to communicate using language that is fully understandable to the recipient. 1.05 (b) Working in the school system presents unique challenges. Educators are professionals, and talking down to them risks alienation. On the other hand, teaches are not usually well-versed in behavioral terminology. They may believe they understand concepts such as extinction, without fully grasping them. They may misunderstand key differences, such as reinforcement vs. bribery. Finally, if they are not completely on board with our plan, they may not follow the procedures with fidelity, either discontinuing the plan prematurely, or unintentionally (or intentionally) sabotaging it. This workshop discusses ways to communicate with teachers so that they will hear us, understand us, and follow through with integrity.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1) avoid communication pitfalls by understanding why, how, and when to talk with teachers; (2) explain basic behavioral concepts (e.g., bribery vs. reinforcement) in easily understandable terms; (3)increase teacher engagement to improve procedural integrity.
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture, examples, role modeling, paired practice, and group games
Audience: This is a basic workshop appropriate for any BCBA or BCABA working in school settings, or who may work with teachers in the future.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): classroom teachers, procedural fidelity, school-based, team communication



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