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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W40
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Running Effective Behavior Analytic Social Skills Groups
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Montreux 1, Swissotel
Area: AUT/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Hazel Baker, M.S.
HAZEL BAKER (Advances Learning Center and Endicott College), ASHLEY RODMAN (Advances Learning Center), MEGHAN GLADU (Advances Learning Center), KATHERINE A. JOHNSON (Advances Learning Center), GINETTE WILSON BISHOP (Advances Learning Center)
Description: Teaching social skills in a group setting requires a multitude of skills: grouping students in effective clusters, using group contingencies, taking data on multiple students at once, and individualizing prompt levels and reinforcement schedules while running effective activities that provide students with frequent opportunities to respond to social stimuli. This workshop will teach specific learning activities that target skills in the domains of body language, conversation, independent, pretend, and cooperative play, social conventions, and perspective-taking. It will also provide training on how, when, and why to use group contingencies and give strategies for individualizing social instruction in a group setting.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) use a variety of activities designed to provide students with frequent opportunities to respond to social cues; (2) facilitate activities that teach body language, conversation, independent, pretend, and cooperative play, social conventions, and perspective-taking; (3) group students into effective learning clusters; (4) use several different group contingencies and identify the reasons behind using each type of contingency; (5) collect data on multiple students; (6) individualize prompt levels and reinforcement schedules while running an instructional activity with several students; (7) take procedural integrity and reliability measures on social skills group leaders.
Activities: Alternating between lecture and hands-on activities, participants will work in groups to complete guided notes and case studies and participate in video-modeled activities and role plays.
Audience: The intended audience includes: BCBAs who train staff to run social skills groups; teachers, SLPs, behavioral instructors, or therapists who run social skills groups; school staff intending to implement social skills instruction as a part of their curriculum; anyone currently running social skills groups or wishing to run them in the future.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): functional communication, generalization, pragmatics, social skills

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