Steve Ward, MA, BCBA and Teresa Grimes, MS, BCBA 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 while learning to mand.  Typically developing children develop these repertoires naturally.  Exceptional learners sometimes require more careful teaching to ensure that these repertoires develop.

Steve Ward, MA, BCBA and Teresa Grimes, MS, 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” (Ward, 2008) provides such an assessment, and allows for development of programs capitalizing upon learner strengths while addressing weaknesses.

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”.

Steve Ward, MA, BCBA and Teresa Grimes, MS, BCBA “draw from a deep well” of knowledge and experience.  They will relate practical experiences and engage audience participation throughout this workshop. 

Participants will learn to:

-gauge motivation

-expand upon limited play interests

-condition themselves as reinforcers

-identify critical repertoires that should accompany the development of mand repertoires

-teach mands along with associated repertoires

-remediate common barriers to effective instruction

-structure teaching sessions to maximize learner participation


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