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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Invited Tutorial #161
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching to Condition
Sunday, May 28, 2023
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1-3
Area: DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: JeanneMarie Speckman, Ph.D.
Chair: Jo Ann Pereira Delgado (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Presenting Authors: : JEANNEMARIE SPECKMAN (Fred S. Keller School Teachers College Columbia University)

Conditioning new stimuli such that they now function as reinforcers for other behaviors serves several important purposes in human development. Increasing one’s community of reinforcers provides individuals with more opportunities to come in contact with reinforcement which increases rates of learning. It also means that individuals’ interests are expanded which, when this occurs, will likely lead to fewer instances and lower durations of such behaviors as stereotypy and other developmentally maladaptive response classes. Maybe most importantly, conditioning certain stimuli as reinforcers for observing responses enables individuals to contact reinforcement in ways they had not been able to do before; hence, the development of a cusp. Training behavior analysts and behavior technicians to implement conditioning procedures can prove more difficult than training other more straightforward discreet trial programs. Therefore, training must be accurate, systematic and because these pairings are so important to human development, highly efficient. Here I will present training systems that meet these criteria, to teach these instructional repertoires to behavior analytic instructors. I will also discuss extending training systems to include successfully training another instructor to correctly implement conditioning procedures as mastery criterion for training.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts, Supervisors, and Researchers

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the steps in an operant conditioning procedure; (2) describe the steps in a classical conditioning procedure; (2) describe the steps in a conjugate conditioning procedure; (3) understand the components of an effective training system to teach instructors and trainers to implement effective conditioning procedures and protocols.
JEANNEMARIE SPECKMAN (Fred S. Keller School Teachers College Columbia University)
JeanneMarie Speckman is a CABAS® and NYS certified Behavior Analyst who received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in the program in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also a certified Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped. For the past twenty-one years Dr. Speckman has been the Associate Director of the Fred S. Keller School which serves children five and younger, most of whom have language-based disabilities. Prior to that she taught in a classroom and supervised classroom teachers. She is an associate adjunct professor at Teachers College Columbia University for the program in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis. Her area of research has primarily been early verbal behavior foundations and protocols to induce early foundational cusps.



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