Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W8
Teaching the Mand Through Compassionate Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) - The Competent Learner Model (CLM) Approach
Thursday, May 23, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 7
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kari Kessler, M.Ed.
KARI KESSLER (Montgomery County Intermediate Unit), JENNIFER DOWNS (Abington School District, Salus University), JENNIFER JOHNSON (Pennsbury School District)
Description: The Competent Learner Model addresses seven specific repertoires. Within those repertoires, Skinner’s verbal operants are included. When considering the teaching of manding to students with language based disabilities like autism, the Competent Learner Model focuses on small, attainable steps that rely on beginning with the learner in mind and accepting “any motor movement” as a mand. In this workshop, development of the mand over multiple lessons that shape clearer and more distinct mands will be shown through video and student data. Competent Learner Model certified coaches and coaches in training will provide modeling and access to several of the formats (lesson) in the Problem Solver-mand repertoire. A variety of data collection options will be shown as well as how the Competent Learner Model accepts all forms of communication from sign, vocal or technological in the quest for manding behaviors. The intent of this session is to show a compassionate and successful student-centered approach to mand development.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to define what the term "mand" means. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to teach early mand behavior. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to understand how the Competent Learner Model uses Compassionate Applied Behavioral Analysis throughout its curriculum.
Activities: The format combines lecture, guided practice, video demonstrations, and small group discussion around data and videos.
Audience: The session will meet the needs of teachers and parents who are newer to the teaching of mands. It will also be beneficial to any providers, including BCBAs who would like to look at mand development in a different way.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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