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Teaching Kids to Talk: Using Motivation to Improve Language Skills

December 12, 2012 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Children who have difficulty communicating their wants and needs effectively and efficiently tend to use problem behavior to get their needs met. Teaching language skills in the traditional manner through repetitive drills can improve skills but some kids still fail to generalize the use of these language skills. Motivation and teaching language skills in the natural environment is the key to long-term success and generalization of skills. Come learn how to teach kids to talk by capitalizing on motivation.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn the basics of using motivation to teach language skills.

2. Identify language targets to teach kids.

3. Evaluate progress using simple data collection.


PhotoAbby Twyman, BCBA

Abby is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who work with children, parents, and educators to improve the lives of students with intellectual disabilities. She is enthusiastic about working with school teams and always emphasizes the positive impact effective collaboration can have on the lives of students. She helps teachers maximize student success by conducting functional behavioral assessments (FBA’s), making recommendations, writing behavior intervention plans (BIP’s), training staff, monitoring progress and implementation fidelity, and following up to ensure intervention strategies are maximized.


December 12, 2012
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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