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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W9
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Intensive Social Skills Instruction and Inclusion Within a Preschool for Children With Autism
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Esther Bubb-McKinnie, M.S.
Description: Section 2.09(a)of the Treatment Intervention/Efficacyof the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts states, "Clients have a right to effective treatment."Research suggests the importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention for students with autism (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). Since Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by deficits in social communication skills, behavior analysts are faced with the responsibility of designing evidence-based, behavior-analytic interventions to facilitate social skills. Behavior analysts must also provide opportunities for children with autism to integrate with their typically-developing peers in the least restrictive environment (US Department of Education, 2015). Considering the lack of neurotypical students at Elwyn Seedlings, behavior analysts were charged with providing opportunities for the preschoolers to interact with neurotypical peers, while incorporating effective instruction to promote social skill acquisition. Thus, Seedlings administration created an Intensive Social Skills program in partnership with a neighboring preschool, which consisted of parent involvement, monitoring of treatment fidelity, tracking of student outcomes, and coaching and consultation. Content has obtained credibility, as demonstrated by the involvement of the broader practice, education, and science communities in studying or applying the findings, procedures, practices, or theoretical concepts. The presenters are salaried employees of Elwyn and Elwyn Seedlings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Identify each of the four components of the Intensive Social Skills program discussed during the workshop; (2) Define the Intensive Social Skills program design, philosophy, and curriculum; (3) Define and describe the data collection procedures implemented in the Intensive Social Skills program; (4) Outline the feasibility and sustainability of the Intensive Social Skills program relative to participants' professional settings; (5) State further applications of behavior analysis in relation to effective social skills instruction for children with autis; (6) State further applications of behavior analysis in relation to the effective implementation of inclusionary opportunities for children with autism.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, video observation, visual analysis of supplemental materials, and small group breakout discussion. Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies will be provided. Group discussions will facilitate participants' understanding of group members' experiences relevant to the core content. Visual images of supplemental materials for assessment of student skills and staff fidelity of implementation will reviewed in order to support comprehensive participant learning.
Audience: BCBAs, administrators, educators, school personnel
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism Support, Preschool Inclusion, Structured Playgroups, Video Modeling



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