Event Details:
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Professional Continuing Education Series

Assessing and Programming for Emergence of Verbal Behavior in Children with ASD and Language Delays

Join us for this workshop that is part of our intermediate to advanced-level workshop series for human services and behavioral healthcare professionals working in clinical, educational, medical, and rehabilitation settings.

Instructor: Alice Shillingsburg, PhD, BCBA-D

Description: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often exhibit deficits in language development. While typically developing children demonstrate adult-like language production by age five (Luinge, Post, Wit, & Goorhuis-Brouwer, 2006) involving abstract and hypothetical ideas across a variety of topics (Tager-Flusberg et al, 2009), many children with ASD have difficulty with more complex language that has not been directly taught. Further, studies have found that some children with autism do not combine known words at the same time as typically developing peers (Paul, Chawarska, Klin, and Volkmar, 2007; Weismer et al., 2011) pointing to a deficit in generative language.

Strategies to promote the emergence of untrained verbal operants are of critical importance for learners with ASD. However, few procedures have been developed to program and test for emergence of untrained skills. Additionally, few studies have addressed remediation strategies when emergence fails to occur.

The current presentation will present several lines of research focused on assessing emergence of untaught verbal behavior during treatment as well as strategies to promote emergence and generative language. Specific interventions to promote emergence of complex tacts and intraverbals will be presented.

CE approved for: 1 CEU: BACB, APA, and LICSW

May Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. May Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.​​​​​​​

Fee: $30 for guests; May Institute employees may attend free-of-charge. Guests can pay by cash on the day of the event.
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