Stimulus control can be described as a behavioral phenomenon in which certain behaviors can be reliably strengthened in the presence of one set of circumstances and weakened in the absence of those circumstances. A strong conceptual grasp on how stimulus control is established is an important tool for teaching and developing socially adaptive behaviors for individuals with autism and other related disabilities. The initial focus of this presentation will be a tutorial on what stimulus control is, how it works, how it is different from motivational control, and its role in the control over non-verbal and verbal repertoires of behavior. The second half of the talk will cover errorless learning, its history, its importance in the development of socially adaptive behaviors, and some of the research-based procedures that have been shown to be effective in good instructional design.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania