Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W5
CE Offered: BACB
Skills, Teaching Procedures, and Measurement Practices for Children and Adults With Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities
Thursday, May 27, 2021
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Patrick E. McGreevy, Ph.D.
PATRICK E. MCGREEVY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates), TROY ANTHONY FRY (Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates)
Description: For the past few decades, selecting skills for instruction with children with mild-to-severe disabilities, has been based on either milestones of typical child development or national academic standards. These selection criteria may be appropriate for a small number of young children with autism or language delays for whom ‘catching up to their typically-developing peers’ is a reasonable expectation. For most children with moderate-to-severe disabilities and limited skill repertoires, including many with autism, this is not a reasonable expectation. The authors propose a new paradigm of skill selection for these children and adults referenced to B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and a high quality of life, along with an array of behavior analytic teaching procedures and measurement practices, the goal of which is simply stated: to teach functional skills, in required contexts, to fluency.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to describe five examples of functional skills for learners with moderate-to-severe disabilities 2. Participants will be able to describe the importance of context for learners with moderate-to-severe disabilities 3. Participants will be able to describe the importance of fluency for learners with moderate-to-severe disabilities
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through lecture, video observation, and group discussion.
Audience: Participants should be well-grounded in basic behavioral principles, including but not limited to those impacting skill acquisition, fluency, generalization, and maintenance over time.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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