2015 Educational Summit: Panel Discussion
The panel discussion at the 2015 Educational Summit focused on the use of ABA therapy in education. The panelists discussed the differences between ABA and discrete trial training, highlighting concerns about the latter. They emphasized the importance of considering sensory regulation and communication in teaching methods, and expressed concerns about the effectiveness of discrete trial training in building communication and social skills. The panelists also discussed the use of symbols in teaching reading and communication, and the importance of considering pragmatics in communication and literacy. They addressed questions about using AAC devices for writing, and the need for evidence-based practice in education. The panelists also discussed the challenges of teaching children with complex needs, and the importance of individualized approaches to education.
In this panel discussion from the 2015 FAST Science Summit, experts Linda Burkhart, Gayle Porter, David Koppenhaver, and Susan Norwell discuss various topics related to education and communication for children with special needs. They address concerns about ABA therapy, the use of symbols in literacy instruction, and the importance of individualized approaches to teaching and learning. The panelists also offer advice on how to support children with disabilities in the classroom and at home.
Concerns about ABA Therapy
During the discussion, one audience member raises concerns about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy and asks the panelists to expand on their thoughts. The panelists differentiate between ABA and discrete trial training, expressing more concern about the latter. They explain that discrete trial training often lacks consideration for sensory regulation and communication, and may not be effective in building social skills and communication abilities. The panelists emphasize the importance of a more holistic and individualized approach to teaching children with disabilities.
Using Symbols in Literacy Instruction
The panelists also discuss the use of symbols in literacy instruction. They explain that while symbols can be helpful for communication, they may not be effective for teaching reading. They suggest that reading instruction should focus on traditional orthography and the development of core vocabulary. However, they acknowledge that symbols can still be used to support communication and may be helpful for certain individuals in specific contexts.
Individualized Approaches to Teaching
Throughout the discussion, the panelists stress the importance of individualized approaches to teaching and learning. They emphasize the need to consider each child’s unique needs, abilities, and preferences when designing educational programs. They also encourage parents and teachers to advocate for their children and seek out resources and support to ensure they receive the best possible education.
The panel discussion provides valuable insights and advice for parents and educators working with children with special needs. The panelists highlight the importance of considering individual needs, promoting communication and literacy skills, and advocating for appropriate educational support. By taking a personalized and holistic approach, children with disabilities can thrive and reach their full potential.
- Title: 2015 Educational Summit: Panel Discussion
- Author(s): Linda Burkhart, Gayle Porter, David Koppenhaver, Susan Norwell
- Author(s)’ affiliation: None
- Publication date: 2015-12-09
- Collection: 2015 FAST Science Summit