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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W43
CE Offered: BACB
Stimulus Control and Instructional Design: Understanding Programming for Concept Formation and Stimuli Design That Leads to Learner Success
Friday, May 24, 2024
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Meeting Room 407
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Christina Barosky, Ph.D.
CHRISTINA BAROSKY (Bierman Autism Centers), SIMONE PALMER (Simmons University and Bierman Autism Centers)
Description: According to Skinner (1938), stimuli that accompany or precede responses that are reinforced can come to influence those responses in important and often complex ways. Stimuli with complex features may result in only one aspect or feature of that stimulus gaining control over the behavior (Rincover & Koegel, 1975). Individuals with autism may require that behavioral interventions include carefully planned contingencies to ensure the proper development of stimulus control, including discrimination, generalization, and concept formation. Thus, stimuli used within behavioral intervention must be systematically used and carefully designed to maximize learners’ outcomes and promote discrimination, generalization, and maintenance of the skills taught. This workshop will teach BCBAs how to program for concept formation and how to create instructional materials in the most efficient and effective format, decreasing the chance of route responding and faulty stimulus control.
Learning Objectives: 1. Review of stimulus control and the role it plays on instructional design, including discrimination, generalization, and concept formation 2. Identify the critical and variable features of a concept 3. Discuss common errors in using visuals during programming 4. Provide examples and non-examples of materials used to teach concepts 5. Define minimal rational set (MRS) 6. Create a set of instructional materials that meet MRS criteria
Activities: The format combines lecture, small group activities, and guided practice.
Audience: Attendees should have a basic understanding of stimulus control and how it relates to discrimination training.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Concept formation, Instructional design, Stimuli creation

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