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35th Annual Conference

A Guide to Video-Based Teaching Options

Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D., BCBA-D and Nicole Rzemyk, B.S.; Partners in Learning


Video modeling (VM) is a well researched, effective strategy used to teach social, selfcare, and leisure skills to individuals with ASD. This workshop presents case studies of the main types of VM available: video peer modeling, in which the subject views a video of a similar aged/gender peer performing a task; video self-modeling, using clips edited to show the subject performing the task to criteria; point-of-view video modeling, in which the camera is angled to show what the participant would see; and continuous video modeling, using videos of multistep tasks, allowing for multiple repetitions of the video presentation (“looping”). Participants will learn how to design and measure the effectiveness of each procedure.

One Step at a Time - Systematic Desensitization Techniques for Young Children

Lauren DeGrazia, M.A., BCBA and Lori Lorenzetti, B.A.; Partners in Learning


Children with ASD can display high levels of interfering behaviors when participating in new activities such as health care appointments, family/holiday events or vacations, and new locations at school/community. Due to these challenges, many families often avoid settings that are likely to trigger disruptive behavior; they are therefore isolated from many common activities as well as at risk for deficient health care. Exposure procedures involve gradual exposure to the setting

or events feared while reinforcing behaviors incompatible with disruption, such as relaxation. This workshop will present various case study applications of systematic desensitization procedures using preschool students’ performances across a variety of novel but challenging activities, events, and locations.

34th Annual Conference

Differential Reinforcement Schedules to Improve Classroom Behavior

Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D., BCBA-D and Lauren DeGrazia, M.A., BCBA; Partners in Learning


Differential schedules of reinforcement (DR) have long been scientifically validated as successful methods to teach new skills and address challenging behavior. This workshop will demonstrate via video case studies with 4-6 year olds how to implement various DR schedules to increase success in inclusive settings. Examples will include 1) increasing social initiations and responses by using a peer-led DR of high rates of behavior schedule and 2) reducing rates of challenging behaviors by using a DR of low rates schedule in class and community settings. Running multiple DR schedules as part of a treatment package will be discussed along with high and low tech options for implementation. The importance of designing intervention plans via DR schedules that best fit individual challenges and setting considerations will also be stressed.

Presentation Slides (Handout Format)
Presentation Slides (Full Powerpoint)

33rd Annual Conference

Video Modeling for Young Children • ASHA • BACB • Room 411 

Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D., BCBA-D and Nicole Rzemyk, B.S.; Partners in Learning


Today’s portable technology options make video programming easier to use. Video modeling, in which individuals are shown video of behavior they are to imitate, is a well-researched method used to improve a variety of deficits. This workshop will demonstrate how preschoolers with autism may benefit from video modeling to increase play, conversation, and participation in a variety of social activities. Each of the different approaches (peer model, self-model, and video point of view) will be shown and illustrated with case studies. There will be opportunity to sample current apps and devices via tutorials and sample video modeling options.

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