UK-SBA Speaker’s Series with Dr James Partington, 6-7 November 2014
UK-SBA are delighted to announce their second UK-SBA Speaker Series event, which will feature Dr James Partington as our invited presenter. The event will feature two workshops, which will take place on 6-7 November 2014 in London (specific location TBD in late August).
Workshop 1 (6 November):
Introduction to the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (The AFLS®): Administration, Analysis, and Program Development for Individuals of All Ages with a Diagnosis of Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities
The AFLS® introductory workshop will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools to analyze and track a learner’s functional living skills and develop an individualized intervention program to help a learner become less dependent upon assistance from others. Individuals of all ages need to learn many critical functional living skills in order to successfully participate in a wide range of home, school and community-based activities. The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (The AFLS®) reviews over 1000 skills in 32 functional areas such as traveling in the community, making purchases, seeking assistance as required, preparing meals, helping with household chores, and participating in social and leisure activities. Participants will learn how to conduct an AFLS assessment and transfer the results to the skills tracking grids. An emphasis will be placed on helping parents, other caregivers, and educators identify and prioritize functional skills that their learner needs to develop. Additionally, practical and easy to implement methods will be discussed to help learners develop these skills without taking more time than is currently required to perform these tasks. By identifying and prioritizing some learning targets for daily activities, a quick and significant impact on an individual’s ability to independently perform specific skills can be made. A major emphasis will be placed on learning how to break down tasks into easy-to-teach steps (task analysis). Participants will learn strategies to support and enhance the learner’s motivation to participate in the tasks. Additionally, methods for using and then fading prompts as those skills are learned will be demonstrated. A review of videos showing parents teaching various functional living skills to their children in the home will also be provided.
Types of Standards
There are lots of ways to set objectives and lots of ways to measure whether or not they are being met. Many people in many disciplines use percentages as a measure, but they can be influenced by high and low frequencies of the behaviour or opportunities to produce the behaviour. Eighty percent of 10 events is not the same thing as eighty percent of 100 opportunities. 8/10 is different than 80/100 because 80/100 requires a lot more behavior. The number of strokes required to win a Master’s green jacket is a different measure than the measure for the 100 meter 4 person Olympic relay. There is one universal measure available, frequency, which measures behaviour over time. Ice age apparently occur once every 15,000 years. A hummingbird’s wings move at 2000 beats per minute. Humans speak at approximately 200 words per minute.