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Bierman Autism Center’s Journal Club, run by our Regional Director of Clinical Services NJ, Lauren Kryzak, meets once a month. This month’s meeting is more heavily focused on a joint BA/SLP topic in conjunction with our Director of Speech Services, Julianne Trudeau. The article discussed was: Curiel, E. S., Sainato, D. M., & Goldstein, H. (2016). Matrix training of receptive language skills with a toddler with autism spectrum disorder: A case study. Education and Treatment of Children, 39(1), 95-109.

This training is defined as a generative approach to instruction in which words are arranged in a matrix so that some multi-word phrases are taught, and others emerge without direct teaching. Some goals for attendees included: defining recombinative generalization, providing examples of stimulus arrangements that can be taught through matrix training, discussing hypothetical systematic replication procedures, and identifying benefits for our specific client population.

Participants were asked to read the above-mentioned article prior to attending and engage in an active discussion by describing matrix procedures along with applications from a behavior-analytic perspective and speech and language development. Examples of training arrangement and stimulus examples were provided and discussed, both from an ABA and an SLP lens. Our meeting concluded with a discussion regarding the application of matrix training to their current practice and any suspected barriers.

Given the tremendous turnout for our first collaborative BCBA-SLP journal club, we know this will not be our last cross-functional collaboration discussion as we continue to learn and grow together to provide the best services we can for our learners!

Example of stimuli arrangement for matrix training:

Matrix Training

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  • Lauren Kryzak

    Lauren became a BCBA in 2011 and completed her doctorate in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis in 2015 from the Graduate Center of New York. She began her own ABA career over 13 years ago as an in-home therapist working with children with ASD. She has worked with clients throughout their lifespan, across home, school, clinic, and residential settings. Lauren is published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has presented at state and national professional conferences. Her research interests include joint attention training, strengthening sibling relations, and staff training. In her personal time, Lauren spends time raising her two children and two fur babies, along with reading, watching the NY Mets, and trying new recipes and cooking techniques.

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