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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Panel #456
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Unlocking Literacy: Applying the Science of Behavior to Reading Instruction for Early and Advanced Readers
Monday, May 27, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon G
Area: EDC/CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Denise Ross, Ph.D.
Chair: Amy J. Davies Lackey (Manhattan Childrens Center)
JENNIFER WEBER (Nicholls State University)
DENISE ROSS (Kennesaw State University)
MARGARET UWAYO (Kalamazoo Academy for Behavioral & Academic Success (KABAS) and YWCA of Kalamzoo)

Reading proficiency is a cornerstone of academic and social success. Yet, the national reading proficiency rate for fourth-grade students in 2022 was 32%. Fourth-graders from marginalized groups such as children with disabilities and economically disadvantaged learners experienced even greater disparities. This statistic underscores the critical need for effective approaches to address this issue. This panel discussion brings together reading research and practice to explore how the science of behavior can affect reading outcomes for children with and without reading challenges. Panelists will explore the importance of reading proficiency for beginning and advanced readers while highlighting the impact on children from marginalized groups such as children with disabilities and economically disadvantaged learners. The panel will also discuss common barriers hindering effective reading instruction in today's classrooms. Finally, panelists will share their applications of the science of behavior to the literacy instruction of learners with reading challenges. Panelists will share evidence-based strategies to obtain successful reading outcomes for children with varying academic needs.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This panel discussion is appropriate for behavior analysts and other educators interested in teaching children how to read proficiently. Attendees should have a basic background in applied behavior analysis with some experience with verbal behavior.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the significance of reading proficiency for all learners with an emphasis on diverse student populations, including children with disabilities and economically disadvantaged learners 2. Identify common barriers to effective reading instruction in school-based settings 3. Explain how research-based approaches from the science of behavior can address reading challenges and enhance academic outcomes
Keyword(s): classroom instruction, literacy, reading challenges, reading intervention



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