Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W68
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Developing Social Skills in Learners With Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Assessment to Intervention
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Vevey 3, Swissotel
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
MARY ELLEN MCDONALD (Hofstra University), ERIN ARCHIBALD (Eden II Programs/ The Genesis School), SANJA CALE (SUNY Old Westbury)
Description: Children with autism exhibit many deficits in the area of socialization. It is difficult for children with autism to respond to peers in social situations as well as to initiate to others. There are many other areas of socialization that children with autism have great difficulty with, such as ending a conversation, listening to another conversation to obtain information, and knowing how to join in a conversation. This workshop will discuss a variety of innovative strategies that have been successful for improving social skills in children with autism. Specific strategies to be discussed will include topics such as the use of behavioral rehearsal, role playing, using video modeling and video rehearsal, along with other technology-based interventions, and conducting ABC analyses of social situations. Carol Gray’s social stories will also be reviewed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify a minimum of three new methods for increasing social skills in children with autism; (2) operationalize advanced concepts such as friendship when teaching a child with autism; (3) use behavioral rehearsal with children with autism to improve social skills; (4) use self-monitoring for children with autism to help them to monitor their social skills.
Activities: Participants will watch video clips of a variety of strategies that can be used to increase social skills in individuals with autism. Specific activities will include writing a story about a social situation or a student, conducting an ABC analysis on a social situation, and operationalizing a variety of advanced social concepts.
Audience: Psychologists, special educators, social workers, speech pathologists, and parents.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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