Anilu Rodriguez and Kent Johnson

Greetings Colleagues,

We are excited to announce our upcoming poster presentation at the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) 2024 conference. Our presentation, titled “Breaking New Ground: Enhancing Instructional Design for Language Generativity”, promises to offer valuable insights into the intersection of instructional design and language development.

Drawing from the fusion of the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction (MMGI) and the Competent Learner Model (CLM), our study explores the creation of detailed instructional designs aimed at fostering generative repertoires in learners. Specifically, we focus on the use of WH-questions (who, what, and where) to stimulate language generativity.

What makes our approach unique is its emphasis on tailoring instructional designs to align with learners’ interests and strengths. By incorporating elements of MMGI and CLM, our interventions engage learners and facilitate real-world applications of their newfound skills.

Join us as we unveil the promising outcomes observed during the intervention, including a notable increase in the rate of WH questions asked and answered per minute. Additionally, we will discuss the emergence of novel language responses, even in emotionally charged situations, highlighting the stability of intraverbal repertoires.

We invite you to visit our poster presentation at ABAI 2024, Monday, May 27, 2024 1:00 PM–3:00 PM, Convention Center, 200 Level, Exhibit Hall A,


to delve deeper into our study and explore the implications for instructional design practices. Let’s collaborate and leverage these insights to elevate the effectiveness of our instructional approaches and enrich the learning experiences of our students.

We look forward to engaging discussions and fruitful exchanges at the conference as we collectively strive to advance the field of behavior analysis.

Warm regards,

Anilu Rodriguez – Behavior Analyst in Training
Ismael Casillas, Program Coordinator
Christina Lovaas, BCBA, Clinical Director & CBO

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