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ABA Workshop Series: Essential for Living

ABA Workshop Series: Essential for Living

September 27, 2013

This workshop will describe a new functional skills curriculum and assessment, along with a professional practitioner's handbook, for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities.


Essential for Living: A Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Practitioner’s Handbook

October 15th and 16th 9:00am - 4:00pm

Verizon Auditorium at the GMU Science and Technology Campus

Workshop Description:

This workshop will describe a new functional skills curriculum and assessment, along with a professional practitioner's handbook, for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. This instrument and handbook emphasizes the learner as a speaker, a listener, and a doer, and includes several domains and sections not found in similar curriculums: domains on tolerating skills and problem behavior, separate sections on improving verbal skills and selecting an alternative method of speaking for non-verbal learners, and a set of teaching protocols. Dr. McGreevy will prepare participants to use Essential for Living with the children and adults with whom they work.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will describe the advantages of a functional curriculum
  2. Participants will describe the Essential 8 Skills
  3. Participants will list sensory, skill, and behavioral repertoires that may be associated with the effective use of specific methods of speaking
  4. Participants will describe the echoic-to-mand transfer procedure

About the Presenter, Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. McGreevy received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and Special Education, respectively, from the University of Iowa. He was a special education teacher for eight years, working with children and young adults with moderate-severe developmental disabilities, including autism. He received the Ph.D. degree in Education from Kansas University under the guidance of Ogden R. Lindsley.

Dr. McGreevy served as an assistant research professor in the Institute for Community Studies and the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and as an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at Louisiana State University. He taught courses in applied behavior analysis, as well as, curriculum and instruction for students with moderate-severe disabilities. He is the author of Teaching and Learning in Plain English, an introduction to Precision Teaching, and the founder and first editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching. He is also the author of eight journal articles and a book chapter. He is also the first author of Essential for Living, a new functional skills assessment and curriculum for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities.

At his clinic in Orlando, FL, Dr. McGreevy provides consultations for children and adults with developmental disabilities and hands-on training for their families. He and his associates also provide consultation and training for school districts, residential programs, and hospitals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and several other countries. They specialize in the treatment of children and adults with moderate-severe developmental disabilities, including autism, who exhibit aggressive behavior, self-injurious behavior, and/or limited communication or language skills. Dr. McGreevy and his associates use only scientifically validated procedures from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Behavior Therapy, and Direct Instruction.

Since 2005, Dr. McGreevy has served as an assistant professor in the Behavior Analysis Program at the Florida Institute of Technology. He teaches courses and seminars that emphasize the application of principles and procedures.

Dr. McGreevy also conducts workshops on the treatment of non-compliance and severe problem behavior and the teaching of communication skills and language using principles and procedures from ABA, especially from B. F. Skinner’s analysis of Verbal Behavior.

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