Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W7
CE Offered: BACB
Including Groups In a Client's Day-Scheduling Ideas and Teaching Staff to Become Effective Group Teachers
Thursday, May 23, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, St. Gallen 2
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Britany Melton, M.S.
BRITANY MELTON (Endicott College), JILL E. MCGRALE MAHER (Massachusetts Preparatory Academy for Children), IAN MELTON (Endicott College, Riverbend Behavioral Health), COURTNEY MAHER (Michigan State University ), KRISTI WITKOWSKI (Strategic Behavior Solutions)
Description: While discrete trial instruction is an essential instructional model for students with autism spectrum disorder, there is a growing need for clients to become effective group learners. As a result, for students to learn effectively in groups, it is essential that teachers are skilled in providing group instruction. While many programs teach staff to be very skilled one-to-one instructors, very few teach the skills necessary to provide students with rapid skills development in group situations. Furthermore, scheduling groups that make sense in terms of client’s learning styles, treatment plan targets, and behavioral needs is not an easy task. This workshop will provide participants practical resources. Participants will be introduced to a comprehensive model to assess staff’s current group teaching skills, as well as a systematic method of designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to teach staff to teach groups of students. Skills acquired will be generalizable across all age groups as participants will review the process from development of the daily schedules to include groups, designing data collections systems, training staff, and evaluating progress.
Learning Objectives: • Identify guidelines for constructing groups • Discuss group teaching strategies using empirically based techniques and interventions • Develop data collection systems • Identify key components for staff training programs • Practice strategies for teaching staff to teach groups • Promote the use of best practice and ethical standards
Activities: Didactic instruction Role-play Development of staff training program Development of data collection procedures
Audience: Directors, supervisors and instructors for children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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