Autism Spectrum Disorder Learning Series - A Behavior Analytic Understanding of Language Development Through Relational Frame Theory (RFT)


 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Learning Series

 

Afternoon Workshop

"A Behavior Analytic Understanding of Language

Development Through Relational Frame Theory (RFT)"

 

Presented by: Michelle Fuhr, MA, LLP, BCBA

 

Date: July 13, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Location: ZOOM Webinar

SPEAKER BIO

Michelle Fuhr is a Supervising Behavioral Consultant at University Pediatrician's Autism Center.  She received her bachelors and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University under the study of Dr. Malott. She is also currently enrolled in a PhD program for Behavior Analysis at Capella University. Michelle teaches in the graduate and undergraduate ABA programs at Wayne State University the masters level program at Capella University. She has been in the field of Autism since 2005 and her primary interests include teaching early learning skills, teaching communication skills, and reducing problematic behavior. She has worked directly with Dr. Gregory Hanley on learning his Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) methods for behavior assessment and Skills Based Treatment (SBT) methods for behavior reduction which are based on concepts of reinforcement and reduce the need for punishment-based procedures. She has also received formal training in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Motivational Interviewing, as well as Functional Analysis implementation.

ABSTRACT:
 
Language development is often seen as an area targeted only by speech therapists. Behavior analysts have been analyzing language development since the 1930’s and have made significant contributions to the research on language and concept formation. A brief history of the discrepancies between ABA and speech therapy approaches will be reviewed. Relational Frame Theory (RFT) is one method of understanding the development of language and concepts used by behavior analysts. RFT is growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and is often applied in ABA treatment. An overview of RFT will be reviewed as well as some recent contributions of current research. A focus on social workers and case managers will be incorporated to increase understanding of RFT application within their practices and referrals.
 
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
 
1. Participants will gain a stronger understanding of the differences between behavior analytic approach and speech therapy                approach
 
2. Participants will become familiar with Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
 
3. Participants will gain a stronger understanding of how RFT is applied in ABA treatment to increase language and concept                  formation
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:

Credit Type

Clock Hours

Continuing Education Information

MI-CEC

1

 The DWC is an approved provider of Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative credits.

MCBAP

1

 The DWC is an approved provider of Michigan Certified Board of Addictions Professionals credits.

CMHP

1

The DWC is an approved provider of Child Mental Health Professional credits.

QMHP

1

The DWC is an approved provider of Qualified Mental Health Professional credits.

QBHP

1

The DWC is an approved provider of Qualified Behavioral Health Professional credits.

QIDP

1

The DWC is an approved provider of Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional credits.

 


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