Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W60
CE Offered: BACB
How to Implement Infant Operant Learning Procedures for Research and Practice
Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 5
Area: DEV/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Katerina Monlux, Ph.D.
KATERINA MONLUX (Oslo Metropolitian ), MARTHA PELAEZ (Florida International University)
Description: This workshop will use an operant learning paradigm to cover early infant learning of key social skills. We will emphasize 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. We will discuss procedures such as synchronized reinforcement, contingent reinforcement, shaping, environmental arrangement, and more pertaining 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 more likely to develop 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: 1: Describe infant operant methodologies 2: Discuss reinforcement procedures such as synchronized reinforcement, contingent reinforcement, and social reinforcement techniques 3: Analyze infant behavior
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of lecture, guided practice, video observation, and group discussion. Core content will be taught through lecture, recorded demonstration of strategies, and a live demo of infant massage strategies. There will be opportunities to practice as well as bring in real-world examples.
Audience: Attendees with a basic understanding of behavior analysis and clinical experience with infants will get the most out of this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): applied research, early intervention, infant behavior, operant learning



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