“Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Teaching Verbal Behavior in the Classroom”

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from Tuesday, July 18, 2017
to Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sponsored by FATE and hosted by Rahway School District
Rahway, NJ

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This two-day workshop will illustrate through extensive use of video how applying the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to teaching Verbal Behavior (VB) can be effective in classroom settings for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Research has demonstrated that the application of these principles (motivation, stimulus control, reinforcement, extinction, etc.) to teaching language and other related (important) skills can lead to the development of functional communication skills, reduction in problem behavior, and an increase in social interactions.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Identify the core deficits identified by the DSM-5 that define the autism diagnosis
Explain the benefits and steps involved in pairing teachers (teaching materials, and teaching environments) with positive reinforcement
List the benefits and steps involved in conditioning new reinforcers for children with limited interests.
List the benefits and steps involved in pairing peers with positive reinforcement for students who show little or no interest in others.
Define Mand and explain why it should be a focal point of an intervention plan for many students with autism.
Determine if a student is a candidate for an alternative communication system
Identify four important considerations when choosing an alternative communication system
Explain the benefits of using the results of a criterion-referenced assessment (VB-MAPP) for assisting in the selection of IEP goals
Describe how developmentally appropriate individual goals can be targeted during heterogeneous group activities
Explain how and when to program students for natural environment teaching (NET) and/or discrete trial training (DTT)
Describe how utilizing research-based teaching procedures can minimize the occurrence of problem behavior and improve the effectiveness of instruction.
Identify three reinforcement-based approaches that reduce problem behavior.