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Thursday, August 8 • 1:15pm - 4:15pm
84. Parents as Teachers: Promoting Independent Living Skills in the Home and Community - Presidents Hall 3 & 4

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The goal of education is to better the lives of learners outside of the four walls of the classroom. We strive to make learners, of all ages, as independent as possible in their homes and communities. In order to achieve this goal, instruction must be provided directly in the natural environment. Early pioneers of applied behavior analysis, such as Ivar Lovaas and Nathan Azrin, understood the importance of including parents and caregivers in treatment. Today, parents and caregivers are still necessary members of the treatment team and play an important role in teaching skills in the home setting. An effective behavior analyst serves as an instructor to parents and caregivers on how to effectively use behavioral technology in the home, how to collect and analyze data, and how to assess needs in their children. This workshop will introduce the audience to ABA instructional methods that are effective in teaching the skills that are necessary for individuals to be independent in their home and community. Through daily living skill examples such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, making simple meals, doing household chores, traveling in the community, and shopping, the presenter will explain and model for the audience how to effectively teach these skills, collect data and assess progress. Techniques will include developing task analyses, using differential reinforcement, shaping, modeling, using visual prompts, and chaining skills to promote independent complex behavior. Time will be left for audience participation and questions. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

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Frank Cicero

Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst and board certified behavior analyst with over 23 experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders. He received his masters degree in school psychology... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT