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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W6
Beyond Rote Responding: Programming for the Intermediate to Advanced Learner
Thursday, May 23, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 1-2
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Shayna Gaunt, M.A.
Description: Do you have learners who are beyond the basics, yet still struggle with language and comprehension? In practice, we see learners who talk in sentences, but still do not answer wh-questions fluently or carry a conversation. Has your learner outgrown your usual assessments? How do you program for someone who is more complex than what you were taught during your BCBA supervision? In this workshop, we will provide you with a road map for the intermediate to advanced learner, including assessment, practical programs, data sheets, and materials. We will share our tips and tricks for advanced programming (gained from 20+ years of experience) and show you how to teach across operants so that your students’ skills are fluent and dynamic. Program individualization will be also be discussed. Instead of programming to an assessment, watch your learner soar! Content has obtained credibility, as demonstrated by 20+ years of involvement in the practice and application of ABA within the autism community. At How to ABA, we provide practical support and resources for ABA professionals. We help BCBA’s create dynamic, individualized programs by providing easy to access programs, materials and CEUs so that you can feel conbdent and master what you love.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Identify at least 3 areas of need for an intermediate to advanced learner after completing an assessment; 2. Show knowledge of program planning for the advanced learner; 3. Write at least 3 dynamic skill acquisition programs for an intermediate to advanced learner with ease and efficiency; 4. Develop corresponding data sheets tailored towards intermediate to advanced learners that teach across operants.
Activities: The format combines lecture and small group activities. Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, video observation, discussion, small group break out, and guided practice. Supplemental materials for will be provided in order to support participant learning.
Audience: This workshop is intended for newly-minted behavior analysts providing language and social skills interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Standardized competencies (e.g., BCBA) are suggested but not required.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Advanced Language, Autism, Curriculum development, Program writing



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