Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W30
CE Offered: BACB
Early Infant Operant Learning Procedures
Friday, May 26, 2023
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom E
Area: DEV/EAB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Katerina Monlux, Ph.D.
KATERINA MONLUX (University of Washington), MARTHA PELAEZ (Florida International University)
Description: This workshop will cover the early infant learning of key social skills using an operant learning paradigm. An emphasis will be placed on behavior analytic caregiver training procedures to increase critical social skills such as vocal imitation, eye contact, joint attention skills, and social referencing. We will examine previous research and discuss present ongoing research and future directions. Procedures such as synchronized reinforcement, contingent reinforcement, shaping, environmental arrangement, and more will be discussed as they pertain to infants and young children. We will first describe experimental illustrations of how operant methodologies and social reinforcement are essential to understanding infant social-learning phenomena. Then we will offer behavioral procedures and interventions that have advanced our research with infants at an increased likelihood of developing autism and other developmental delays. Finally, we will discuss research tactics that can be quick and effective for behavior analysts conducting interventions with infants.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1: Describe infant operant methodologies 2: Discuss reinforcement procedures such as synchronized reinforcement, contingent reinforcement, and social reinforcement techniques 3: Analyze infant behavior
Activities: Instruction will include lecture, article recommendations, discussion, and small group breakout. Objectives will be met through lecture, video observation, group discussion, and practice. The format will combine lecture, small group activities, and discussions.
Audience: A basic understanding of behavior analytic theory and mechanisms will be necessary as we apply that frame work to early infant learning.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Behavioral Development, Infant, Operant Learning, Reinforcement



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