Beyond the task list series: Creating Willing Learners! Gaining Assent Through Choice (1 hour of content)


This webinar is designed to introduce behavior technicians to the definition of and importance of teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders to make choices. Attendees will learn ways to teach and promote choice-making behaviors to students. The course discusses the role of assent in the BACB® Ethical Code for Behavior Analysts (2022) and the educational benefits of teaching students to demonstrate assent and assent withdrawal while supporting and encouraging student dignity and autonomy. Learners will be introduced to techniques for teaching choice-making behaviors, thus enhancing the social validity of treatment goals and procedures and promoting student willingness to learn.

Dr. Trudy Georgio is an assistant professor of applied behavior analysis at Bay Path University and founder of Tru Behavior Development, LLC. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Texas. Trudy specializes in teaching language to children with autism disorders and other developmental disabilities. Her research interests include using technology services for remote training and supervision, joint attention training, and assent-based behavioral services.

  1. Discuss the role of assent in the BACB® Ethical Code for Behavior Analysts (2022).
  2. Describe the history and prevalence of choice-making opportunities afforded to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.
  3. Identify the benefits of teaching choice-making skills.
  4. Learn over 20 way to teach students to engage in choice-making behaviors.
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