BHS302 - Interventions I: Strengths and Skills

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Subject Title
Interventions I: Strengths and Skills

Subject Description
Techniques based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are used to teach individuals a variety of skills.  This course extends student knowledge on specific skill-building techniques and methods commonly applied in treatment and education settings. Students will be encouraged to develop a positive, strengths-based, supportive approach to teaching and intervention. Students will learn about a variety of teaching methods and ways to structure teaching moments for their clients.

Credit Status
This is a required course in the Behavioural Sciences diploma.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

General Outcome:  By the end of the semester, students should understand how to use ABA techniques to support positive behaviours and teach new skills. The goal is for students to apply behavioural principles in a variety of settings, whether it is instructing a child in a structured teaching setting or supporting positive pro-social behaviours of teenagers in a treatment group home. 
Specific Outcomes:  At the end of the semester students will be able to
1. Explain the discrete trial teaching process and distinguish it from natural environment teaching or other teaching approaches
2. Describe a variety of ways to achieve stimulus control/stimulus transfer in various teaching settings
3. Describe what errorless learning is and how to achieve it
4. Prepare a variety of teaching materials commonly used in ABA settings
5. Integrate a variety of self-management techniques into teaching plans in order to increase positive behaviours
6. Use techniques of ABA, including shaping and chaining, to teach new skills for individuals with different exceptionalities and needs
7. Explain their role in the generalization and maintenance of skills
8.Apply teaching techniques to support positive behaviours in their clients.

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