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Using the PEAK Relational Training System to Promote Complex Verbal Behaviors

Presenter: Jacob H. Daar, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Jacob Daar received his master's degree from the University of South Florida's Applied Behavior Analysis program, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University's Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program. He is an assistant professor at Northern Michigan University's Psychology Dept., where he is the program coordinator for NMU's Master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis and the Director of the Behavior Education Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center. Dr. Daar has been working with individuals with developmental, intellectual, and other disabilites for the past 9 years. His clinical activies have included both children and adult populations, as well as center-based, residential, and in-home supports. Dr. Daar's primary research focus has been on language acquisition for children with autism, and on procedures that are designed to establish emergent relational responding repertoires.

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The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to the PEAK Relational Training System, a series of behavior analytic assessments and curriculum protocals that were designed to promote complex language skills in children with autism and related disabilities. The current workshop will consist of three sections.

The first section will provide a review of the basic principles and conceptualiizations of verbal behavior that underlie traditional ABA approaches to teaching language skills, followed by an introduction to relational frame theory and the value of targeting derived relational repertoires. This module will conclude with an introduction to the PEAK System, its core components, and the research underlying its use.

The second section will focus on the Direct Training and Generalization modules of the PEAK, with an emphasis on assessment procedures, curriculum planning, and methods for implementation.

The third section of the workshop will focus on the Equivalence and Transformation modules of the PEAK. Emphasis will be placed on procedures used to assess and promote derived relational responding, as well as strategies for improving program management.

Event Level: Intermediate (BCaBA and above)

Type 2 CEUs: 8 will be available for this training.

A light breakfast, lunch and beverages will be provided. Please plan to arrive by 7:45am for registration. If you have questions or wish to request special accomodations, please contact Marnie Sherretz at marnies@lsre.org.

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