Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W75
CE Offered: BACB
"Eyes Up Front" Teaching Generative Attending Skills Across the Spectrum
Friday, May 24, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, St. Gallen 3
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Richard E. Laitinen, Ph.D.
RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Personalized Accelerated Learning Systems (PALS)), GLADYS WILLIAMS (CIEL, SPAIN), SARA POLGAR (David Gregory School )
Description: This tendency toward attending to a limited subset of environmental events predictive of contingencies of reinforcement--shown to occur both within and across sensory modalities is a potential defining characteristic of children labeled as having autism. Limited attending capacities restrict the type and range of sensory modalities that may come control responding (cf, Brown & Bebko, 2012). In response to this, ABA researchers such as Holth (2005) and Pelaez (2009) have come to more sharply focus on the identification and remediation of deficits and delays in the acquisition of simple and complex attending, joint attending and social referencing competencies. Important to today’s workshop is that “attentional” deficits are remedial and that early attentional capacities and competencies are critical to both learning and further attentional development over the life-span of the individual.
Learning Objectives: 1. Contingently analyze attending behaviors 2. Identify component/composite relations 3. Design conditioning contingencies to affect attending as a valued response
Activities: Combined lecture, discussion, and small group break out.
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Generative Instruction, Joint Attention, Visual Regard, Visual Tracking



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