Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behaviour. The overriding goal of ABA is to harness the principles of learning theory in order to help people develop skills that with enable them to lead more fulfilling lives. Over the course of this workshop series, attendees will gain a basic understanding of what ABA is and, more importantly, learn about the ways that its principles can be utilised to help learners with autism and other developmental disabilities to develop meaningful communication and life skills. As part of the workshops, attendees will be provided with the opportunity to actively participate throughout; each session will consist of a combination of didactic instruction, video demonstration, role-play and feedback from the workshop facilitators. This series is conducted by Board Certified Behaviour Analysts who have extensive experience in the clinical application of ABA with learners with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to ABA and its relationship to autism and other developmental disabilities. Attendees will learn about the principle of reinforcement and the role it plays in the development of behaviour. Attendees will learn about the importance of functional communication and how to teach learners to get their needs met.
Planning for success and teaching in the natural environment –
Functional communication (e.g. requesting) is critical in the early development of language and is the first type of language acquired. Attendees will learn how the principle of reinforcement can be used in the natural environment to help learners better communicate their wants and needs.
Understanding challenging behaviour
This workshop will give attendees an understanding of the potential causes of challenging behaviour. Attendees will gain basic knowledge of how to respond to challenging behaviour in a variety of contexts.
Building independence and teaching functional living skills
This workshop will introduce attendees to some specific strategies that can be employed for teaching new skills. In particular, attendees will learn about selecting relevant teaching goals, how to employ teaching strategies that encourage independence, and how to ensure that the skills taught are used in everyday life.
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