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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Panel #379
CE Offered: BACB
Reading-to-Learn: The Science of Behavior and Advanced Reading Instruction
Monday, May 29, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center 405
Area: EDC/VRB; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Denise Ross, Ph.D.
Chair: Denise Ross (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
BRITTANY DIANNE BLY (Teacher's College Columbia University)
KIEVA S. HRANCHUK (Brock University)
JENNIFER WEBER (Teachers College, Columbia University & Nicholls State University)
Abstract: The purpose of this panel discussion is to highlight recent contributions of the science of behavior to advanced reading instruction for P-12 children with and without disabilities. Proficient reading is foundational to an individual’s academic and social success. Yet, in the United States only 32% of fourth grade students read proficiently in 2022 - a statistic that is, in part, lower than previous years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The science of behavior has identified research-based teaching operations that can offer improved reading and writing outcomes for school-age students. In this panel discussion, researchers and practitioners will discuss applications of the science of behavior to advanced reading and writing instruction and how it can be used by educators to improve literacy outcomes. Panelists will discuss how advanced reading and writing are extensions of verbal development and how interventions from the science of verbal development can increase advanced reading and writing outcomes. This panel is one of two panels that will highlight the contributions of the science of behavior to reading instruction.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Intermediate. The audience should have a basic understanding of applied behavior analysis.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) summarize the role of advanced reading and writing in verbal development; (2) describe a strategic science of teaching and its application to advanced reading and writing instruction; (3) discuss various contributions of the science of behavior to advanced reading and writing instruction.
Keyword(s): Reading, Verbal behavior, Verbal Development, Writing



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