Relational Frame Theory is a behavioral, natural science approach to understanding the psychology of human language. The body of empirical work underlying RFT is as robust as it is dense. The language of ‘arbitrarily applicable derived relational responding’, ‘combinatorial entailment’ and ‘transformation of stimulus function’ can feel dauntingly unfamiliar, or even intractable, to many educators and behavioral practitioners. Practical application of RFT, however, need not be so unwieldy.
This webinar will demonstrate the tremendous benefits attainable when RFT is brought to bear on the shaping of generalized verbal operant classes. Specifically, two directions for instructional design will be discussed: direct teaching of relational operants and using intact relational operants to program for generative learning and rapid acquisition of new skills. In the former, the focus will be on early learners and will highlight the relationship between relational operants and early academic skills. Data will be shared, as well as tools attendees can utilize in the instructional design process for their learners.
1. Attendees will be able to speak about RFT in a common-sense, common-language way. Specifically, participants will be able to name at least 3 relational operants.
2. Attendees will be able to distinguish between a task analysis and a component-composite analysis of behavior.
3. Attendees will be able to articulate how relational operants are foundational to other complex repertoires.
4. Attendees will be able to describe two directions for instructional design using RFT.