This course provides training on research-based teaching strategies. Advanced Training also meets the 40-hour requirement for the RBT * credential.
Discrete Trial Teaching
Basics of doing DTT including how to get the student’s attention, give instructions, provide and fade necessary prompts, present trials, and provide feedback/reinforcement for each trial.
Identify when to use prompting, types of prompts to use, how to know if a prompt is working or not, and how to fade prompts.
How to identify reinforcers, how to know if reinforcers are effective, types of reinforcers, how to fade reinforcement, and how to identify student preferences.
How to set up the teaching environment, how to identify preferred activities, what skills to teach, how to present learning opportunities, how to evaluate outcomes, and how to target multiple skills within a preferred activity.
How to promote generalization within existing activities, types of generalization, how to plan for it, and how to evaluate outcomes of generalization.
How to evaluate if a student has maintained a learned skill, incorporating maintenance skills into new learning activities or play activities or everyday natural activities and using naturalistic reinforcement.
How to evaluate student progress and introduce new skills, how to test the student’s skills, how to print data sheets and record the student results, and how to interpret the results and determine next teaching steps including how to modify prompting, reinforcement, and skills being taught.
How to identify a problem behavior, ensure safety for the child and others, prevent or reduce problem behaviors, how to objectively observe behavior and identify possible reasons (i.e., functions) for the behavior, how to reduce the problem behavior, and how to evaluate if a behavior intervention is effective.
Incidental Teaching for Expanding Language
How to set up the environment and activities, how to get the child’s attention and interest, prompting, natural instructions, contingent reinforcement, prompt fading, and targeting more complex vocal responses.
Teaching Complex Tasks
How to set up a task analysis, break a complex skill down into smaller teaching components, individualize a task analysis, forward and backward chaining procedures, total task teaching, prompting more complex tasks, reinforcement, error correction, dealing with problem behaviors, varying teaching strategies, and promoting independence.