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Pyramid Educational Consultants - Free Webcast Series

Developed by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP
Co-Founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants and Co-Creators of the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS)

 

Our webcasts are slide show presentations with audio narration that are streamed from our website and viewed from your computer. Please note our webcasts are not live and do no allow interaction between the presenters and the audience. Webcasts are Windows and Macintosh compatible and require a computer with flash and speakers/headphones to view. The webcasts are overviews only and are not intended to replace training workshops in the relevant areas.

Current titles include:

 


 

PECS and Skinner’s Verbal Behavior (60 minutes)

In Pyramid’s first webcast, PECS and Skinner’s Verbal Behavior, join Andy Bondy and Lori Frost as they explore how the work of B.F. Skinner can help everyone better understand how language can be viewed from a behavioural perspective. The information is presented in a simple and conversational manner, enabling even the novice to grasp the concepts discussed.

General Description:
Learners with autism have significant problems in acquiring and using language. This webcast offers a brief description of how the work of B.F. Skinner can help everyone better understand how language can be viewed from a behavioural perspective, one that leads to practical applications and improved lessons. Skinner wrote an important behavioural analysis of language in the book Verbal Behavior. In this book, he shows how we can look at basic units of language and determine how they are systematically related to important aspects of the environment. By understanding how these language units – called verbal operants – are acquired, we can better plan to help learners with communication challenges to master simple units as well as more complex parts of language. His analysis stressed that the form or mode of communication is not as important as the functional understanding of language units. For example, requesting an apple leads to a different outcome than talking about the apple you ate yesterday. Skinner’s analysis also points out why certain parts of language – “I really want the apple” – are so difficult for individuals with autism to learn. Finally, we point out that this analysis can be helpful to everyone – parents and professionals from various fields of study.

PECS and Skinner’s Verbal Behavior is appropriate for all members of the educational team who want to learn more about Skinner’s Verbal Behavior, including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behaviour analysts, psychologists, social workers and/or other professionals providing services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

What you will learn:


Presenters: Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP

Length of Webcast: 60 minutes (webcast handout)

 

Please click here to view our free PECS and Skinner's Verbal Behavior Webcast

Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information about our Analysing and Fine Tuning Communication training workshop, or contact us at admin@pecsaustralia.com to find out how you can host your own workshop.


 

I am the Master of my Emotions (45 minutes)

In Pyramid’s second webcast, I am the Master of my Emotions, join Andy Bondy as he explores why many children, especially those with autism, have difficulty in acquiring language related to expressing emotions and identifying emotions in other people. Andy presents the information in a simple and conversational manner, enabling even the novice to grasp the concepts discussed.

General Description:
Many children, especially those with autism, have difficulty in acquiring language related to expressing emotions and identifying emotions in other people. This webcast will present an overview of our full-day talk, The Language of Emotions, about an analysis that relies upon B.F. Skinner’s work. This talk will review how effective lessons regarding emotions can be designed and implemented. We also discuss why these lessons are so difficult to teach. B.F. Skinner provided an important guide to the analysis of language in his book, Verbal Behavior. In this book, he stresses the critical value of focusing on the function of various aspects of communication. His analysis includes a very interesting section on what he termed “private events”. That is, how do we learn to talk about things that happen inside us? In this webcast, we will review traditional approaches to teaching children with autism to communicate about their emotions as well as how to respond to such language from other people. We will review how to consider various lessons related to emotions and how to incorporate Skinner’s analysis into the design of effective lessons. These lessons may involve very young children or teenagers or adults who continue to have difficulty with this topic. We will review why this area is so difficult for those with autism and suggest teaching strategies that may lead to successful acquisition of these complex language skills.

I am the Master of my Emotions is appropriate for all members of the educational team who want to learn more about the language of emotions, including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behaviour analysts, psychologists, social workers and/or other professionals providing services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

What you will learn:


Presenter: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.

Length of Webcast: 45 minutes (webcast handout)

 

Please click here to view our free I am the Master of my Emotions Webcast

Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information about The Language of Emotions training workshop, or contact us at admin@pecsaustralia.com to find out how you can host your own workshop.


 

A Clear Picture: The Use and Benefits of PECS (45 minutes)

In Pyramid’s third webcast, A Clear Picture: The Use and Benefits of PECS, join Lori Frost as she introduces the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), and includes a synopsis of the six training phases, a discussion of myths and facts associated with PECS and an overview of the research related to PECS.

General Description:
This webcast introduces the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), and includes a synopsis of the six training phases, a discussion of myths and facts associated with PECS and an overview of the research related to PECS. This talk begins with a brief overview of the Pyramid Approach to Education™. A description of traditional approaches to communication and an overview of PECS follow. The consultant will briefly discuss the phases of PECS and outcome data, as well as the relationship of PECS to reinforcement systems, schedules, and behaviour management.

A Clear Picture: The Use and Benefits of PECS is appropriate for all members of the educational team who would like to learn about the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behaviour analysts, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who are providing services for or living with individuals with developmental disabilities.

What you will learn:


Presenter: Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP

Length of Webcast: 45 minutes (webcast handout)

 

Please click here to view our free A Clear Picture: The Use and Benefits of PECS Webcast

Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information about our PECS Basic Training, or contact us at admin@pecsaustralia.com to find out how you can host your own workshop.


 

The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals (30 minutes)

In Pyramid’s fourth webcast, The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals, join Dr. Andy Bondy as he introduces the Pyramid Approach to Education™.

General Description:
This is an overview of how to set up an effective teaching environment for learners with autism and/or related developmental disabilities. Dr Andy Bondy begins by briefly discussing the base of the Pyramid including functional activities, reinforcement systems, communication/social skills, and contextually inappropriate behaviours and alternatives. A description of the top elements of the Pyramid, including generalisation, creating effective lessons, specific teaching strategies, minimising and correcting errors, and data collection and analysis follows.

The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals is appropriate for all members of the educational team who would like to learn about the Pyramid Approach to Education™, including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behaviour analysts, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who are providing services for or living with individuals with developmental disabilities.


What you will learn:


Presenter: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.

Length of Webcast: 30 minutes (webcast handout)

 

Please click here to view our free The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals Webcast

Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information about our Pyramid Approach Basic Training (Functional ABA), or contact us at admin@pecsaustralia.com to find out how you can host your own workshop.


 

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