Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W30
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analytic Social Skills Group Assessment and Skill Development
Friday, May 24, 2019
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Swissôtel, Lucerne Ballroom Level, Alpine 1
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Laura Squiccimara, M.S.
LAURA SQUICCIMARA (Advances Learning Center; LEARN Behavioral), CATHERINE RUSSO (Advances Learning Center; LEARN Behavioral), HAZEL BAKER (Advances Learning Center; LEARN Behavioral), GINETTE WILSON BISHOP (Advances Learning Center; LEARN Behavioral), KATHERINE A. JOHNSON (Advances Learning Center; LEARN Behavioral)
Description: Teaching social skills in a group setting requires a multitude of skills: assessment of appropriate social skills, assigning clients to appropriate groups, planning prompting and reinforcement for a large caseload, staff training for targeted social skills support, and programming activities that are conducive to supporting social skills. This workshop will prepare participants to choose the best social skills assessment tools available, efficiently place students into groups conducive to optimal service delivery, individualize programming across a large caseload of learners, track skill development across semesters, train staff to implement skill acquisition procedures in a small-group setting, and assess staff’s procedural integrity and reliability of program implementation for a group of students.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Choose assessment tools that are appropriate to students and settings. 2. Develop attainable social objectives for varied student profiles. 3. Identify common objectives or overlapping supporting activities to group students into effective learning clusters. 4. Program individualized prompt levels and reinforcement schedules while running an instructional activity with several students. 5. Facilitate activities that teach body language, conversation, independent, pretend, and cooperative play, social conventions, and perspective-taking. 6. Create systems to collect data on multiple students simultaneously and graph student data in a standardized and flexible way. 7. Take procedural integrity and reliability measures on social skills group leaders.
Activities: This workshop will alternate between lecture and hands-on activities. Participants will work in groups and individually to practice components of the outcome skills and receive feedback on their work products.
Audience: The intended audience includes: BCBAs who train staff to run social skills groups, Public school ABA professionals whose students participate in group social skills support, ABA professionals currently running social skills groups or wishing to run them in the future, Program directors planning to introduce or develop social skills groups at their practice
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): assessment, generalization, pragmatics, social skills



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