28-3-2015: Developing Social Interest and Good Learner Repertoires

This workshop will focus on ways to establish and maintain learner motivation throughout programming.  When these methods are employed, learners become easy to teach.
Many are familiar with the concepts of “pairing” (i.e., delivering “free reinforcers”) and of mand training (i.e., teaching students to request reinforcers).  These strategies are both important to programming, especially in the early stages.  Few are familiar with the critical repertoires that should develop during pairing and while learning to mand.  Typically developing children develop these repertoires naturally.  Exceptional learners sometimes require more careful teaching to ensure that these repertoires develop.

The Inventory of Good Learner RepertoiresSteve Ward, MA, BCBA will demonstrate effective methods of gauging learner responsiveness, teaching new play, and creating an individualized learner profile based upon strengths, interests, dislikes and abilities.  “The Inventory of Good Learner Repertoires” (Steve Ward, 2008) provides such an assessment, and allows for development of programs capitalizing upon learner strengths while addressing weaknesses.
Participants will be guided to assess their learner’s “Readiness” to participate in instruction, to select targets based upon this assessment, and to proceed with instruction.
We will also draw from “What You Need to Know about Motivation and Teaching Games: An in-depth analysis” (Ward, 2008).  This publication has been used by professionals around the world to teach meaningful play to kids who previously “just didn’t like to play”.
Participants will learn to employ “Precision Teaching”, a method of instruction based upon building student fluency while measuring the rate and accuracy of student performance.
Steve Ward, MA, BCBA “draws from a deep well” of knowledge and experience.  He will relate practical experiences and engage audience participation throughout this workshop.  Participants will leave this workshop with concrete plans for their students, actively completing a programming template (i.e., “Plans for my student”) throughout the workshop.
 Participants will learn to:
  • gauge motivation
  • expand upon limited play interests
  • condition themselves, and their attention, as reinforcers
  • use The Matching Law to problem-solve issues with concurrent schedules of reinforcement
  • assess student “Readiness”, using “The Inventory of Good Learner Repertoires”
  • identify critical repertoires that should accompany the development of mand repertoires
  • teach mands AND associated repertoires
  • assess barriers to instruction
  • remediate common barriers to effective instruction
  • use “Precision Teaching”
  • use a standard celeration chart
  • turn restricted operant programs into free operant programs
  • structure teaching sessions to maximize learner participation
In this particular workshop/seminar a 6 Type 2 CEU's available for BCBAs & BCaBAs (Approved Continuing Education (ACE))
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The workshop was held on 28/3/2015 | 9.00-17.00 at University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW.

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