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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W27
CE Offered: BACB
A Constructional Approach to the Development of Oral Language Repertoires Following Early Childhood Treatment Failures
Friday, May 24, 2024
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 8
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ian Burruss, M.S.
IAN BURRUSS (Connecticut), KATHLEEN TAYLOR (Connecticut ABA), AARON DEMILLO (Advanced Behavioral Care)
Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to Israel Goldiamond’s constructional approach (1974, 2002) and the phonemic building blocks of language. When oral language does not develop by age eight, research indicates that it is improbable that functional speech will develop (Kissine, et al. 2023). This affects the resources allocated to oral language after these early years. Constructional approaches to program design may provide alternatives to these outcomes. While we know where we’d like to go, the assessment of rate and oral motor components will inform decision making of where to begin. In the practitioners’ clinical experiences, a focus on the building blocks of language provides an entry point for individuals to become part of the oral language community. Discussion of behavioral procedures and related outcomes will provide examples of successful programmatic paths to answer the constructional question “How do we get there?”. The workshop will include videos and practice opportunities for participants to apply the content to their own practice. The use of assent-based approaches will be incorporated into the discussion.
Learning Objectives: • Participants will state the 5 attributes of Goldiamond’s constructional approach; • Participants will state and demonstrate the primary components of phonetic production; • Participants will combine the attributes of the constructional approach and components of phonemic production to contribute to developing oral language programs.
Activities: Discussion of behavioral procedures and related outcomes will provide examples of successful programmatic paths to answer the constructional question “How do we get there?”. The workshop will include videos and practice opportunities for participants to apply the content to their own practice.
Audience: Behavior analysts, practitioners, graduate students
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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