The principle of motivation has resurfaced as an independent variable in the field of behavior analysis over the past 20 years. The increased interest is the result of the refinements of the concept of the motivating operation (Michael, 1993) and its application to the learning needs of persons with autism and developmental disabilities. This presentation will provide an overview of antecedent-based instructional modifications to reduce escape and avoidance behavior by reducing the value of the conditioned motivating operation-reflexive (CMO-R). A conceptually systematic analysis of the influence of instructional methods is offered as a tool for improving the selection and implementation of effective teaching procedures. Video illustrations of application of the concepts will be provided.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania