This workshop will illustrate through extensive use of video how the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the application of B.F. Skinners analysis of verbal behavior can be used in Early Intervention settings to establish and maintain instructional control with children with autism or other developmental disabilities.
A variety of factors contribute to establishing instructional control. Teachers & therapists will learn how to establish themselves as a conditioned reinforcer when first interacting with a learner. They will also learn how to teach functional communication skills to decrease the likelihood of certain maladaptive behaviors caused by frustration. In addition, the concepts of differential reinforcement & escape extinction will be discussed and illustrated, as well.
Specifically, participants will be given information explaining how to:
Utilize a variety of strategies to identify a students reinforcers
Effectively pair staff, peers, environments, and items/activities with reinforcement
Teach functional communication skills (requesting/manding)
Identify potential candidates for augmentative communication and how to select initial targets
Capture and contrive motivation to maximize opportunities for teaching functional communication
Collect data to measure student progress
Use differential reinforcement and extinction to teach cooperation
To Be Announced