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Episode #161: Teaching Children to Respond To Questions About the Past with Stephanie Gonzalez

As a fellow busy SLP-BCBA, I know it’s hard to keep up to date with research, that’s why I’ve been combing through articles and inviting these researchers in our field on the podcast! I am on a mission to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Stephanie Gonzalez is a BCBA, doctoral candidate at the University of Florida and the author of the article, Teaching Children to Respond to Questions About the Past: A Preliminary Analysis. While her research into this topic is ongoing, Stephanie and I have a great conversation about recall skills, and how some may not see it as an available skill to their learners. The work she has done shows how this skill can be worked on alongside other important targets.

What did you do at school today? What did you do this weekend? What movie did you see? What toy did you play with? These are all valuable questions that recall the past and unlock conversations, especially for parents who want to know what their child is up to.

Using probe fading Stephanie gradually builds a delay in recall, using differential reinforcements every time a learner correctly recalls. Infact, with the learners she’s worked with she has surprisingly built the 30 minute recall very quickly. Stephanie explains the base skills her learners have and how others may build this into their treatment package.

Be sure to read Stephanie’s article and stay tuned for more important research made accessible!

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Today’s Guest:

Jeanne Stephanie Gonzalez earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science from Rollins College in 2018. She has worked in the field of behavior analysis for 12 years and has experience in clinic, school, and in-home settings across a myriad of clients. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in Dr. Timothy Vollmer’s lab. Her research interests are primarily focused on behavior analytic methods for assessing and treating recall skills deficits and methods for assessing social validity.

What’s Inside:

  • Bridging the gap between research and practice.
  • Research making recall skills available to learners.
  • How to use probe fading to increase recall conversations with clients.

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