Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching Advanced Communication Lessons With Pictures: Comments, Attributes, Intraverbals, and Autoclitics - Oh My!
Thursday, May 23, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 9-10
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
ANDY BONDY (Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.), JESSECA COLLINS (Pyramid Educational Consultants), ALEXIS BONDY (Pyramid Group Management )
Description: Both within behavior analysis and other fields, there is concern about how to teach verbal behavior via pictures beyond manding. We will focus on how to promote the use of attributes within both the mand and tact functions. We will also describe a variety of strategies to promote tacting, including examples from around the world. Intraverbals are the heart of conversational skills, and we will describe strategies to develop a wide array of these skills, including basic information, past/future tense, etc. This section will include an analysis of the role of intraverbal/tacts within lesson design. A deep understanding of the importance of the autoclitic regarding language development, and its unique importance to individuals with ASD, will be reviewed. For example, the word “really” is far more difficult to teach learners with ASD than is commonly anticipated. This section will include how to teach a variety of useful autoclitics, from sentence starters to social reactions, to learners of different ages. The last part of this workshop will involve guided practice in developing these functional lessons for participants’ learners.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1) Describe teaching strategies associated with the use of tacts and intraverbals for learners using visually mediated systems 2) Describe the autoclitic, and unique issues for learners with ASD regarding its use and how to respond when used by others 3): Describe key components to lesson plans, including error correction, involving teaching advanced communication lessons by learners using visually mediated modalities
Activities: We will use lecture, discussion, small group activities, discuss video examples as well as work on lesson plan formats. We will encourage all participants to design lessons related to tacts, attributes, intraverbals and autoclitics with learners with whom they are familiar. Blank lesson plan forms will be provided to guide lesson planning.
Audience: Intermediate with some familiarity with Skinner's basic verbal operants as well as working (or planning to work) with learners using visually mediated communication systems.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Advanced communication, Lesson design, Picture-based Communication



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