Creating a Willing Learner

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from Saturday, October 26, 2013
to Sunday, October 27, 2013

Palermo, Italy

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Addressing the varied needs of students with autism can be overwhelming for teachers, often leaving them with more questions than answers: Which skills do I teach? When do I teach them? How do I teach them? This two-day workshop is designed to help prepare participants to answer those questions by zeroing in on the core deficits that define the autism diagnosis.

  • List three methods that can be used to assess a student’s positive reinforcers.
  • Describe how unconditioned reinforcers and existing conditioned reinforcers can be used to pair teaching staff, peers, teaching materials and teaching environments with positive reinforcement.
  • Define verbal behavior and explain its importance in teaching language skills to students with autism.
  • Discuss the need for capturing and contriving motivation when teaching students with autism to request (mand).
  • Discuss the importance of a generalized imitative repertoire as it relates to request training (mand training).
  • Implement the steps necessary for teaching vocal students to request (mand).
  • Decide when an alternative communication response form is necessary.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various augmentative communication systems.
  • Identify important variables that should be considered when selecting initial sign targets when teaching non-vocal students to request (mand).
  • Demonstrate the steps necessary for teaching non-vocal students to request (mand).
  • Employ an efficient and effective data collection system for vocal and non-vocal requesting (manding).
  • Describe stimulus-stimulus pairing and its potential benefit in facilitating vocalizations for non-vocal students.

Who should attend: This workshop provides essential information for, special education staff, speech-language pathologists, program administrators, psychologists, behavior analysts, and others who work with children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Workshop format: This workshop format will provide written descriptions, lecture, videotape examples, live demonstrations, practice activities for participants, and discussion of specific concerns shared by the audience.