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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W42
CE Offered: BACB
Facilitating Effective Behavior Analytic Social Skills Groups
Friday, May 22, 2020
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Laura Squiccimara, M.S.
LAURA SQUICCIMARA (Advances Learning Center; LEARN Behavioral), JESSICA WENIG (Advances Learning Center; LEARN Behavioral)
Description: Teaching social skills in a group setting requires a multitude of skills: assessment of appropriate social skills, grouping students into effective learning clusters, training and supervising staff to run groups, and creating and implementing individualized prompting and reinforcement schedules while facilitating group activities that provide ample opportunity for social responding. This workshop will review assessments that can be used to determine potential social skills objectives and teach participants to group students into effective learning clusters based on assessment data. Participants will also learn how to facilitate group activities designed to create opportunities for social responding, while ensuring that prompting and reinforcement schedules are individualized for each student. Finally, this workshop will prepare participants to collect data on multiple students simultaneously, graph that data in such a way that progress can be easily monitored and assess staff’s procedural integrity and reliability of program implementation for a group of students.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify assessment tools from which social skills objectives can be derived. 2. Identify common or complimentary objectives to group students into effective learning clusters. 3. Facilitate group activities that teach a variety of basic, intermediate and advanced social skills. 4. Implement individualized prompt levels and reinforcement schedules while running an instructional activity with several students. 5. Collect data on multiple students simultaneously and graph student data in a standardized, yet flexible way. 6. 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 complete guided activities related to leaning outcomes. They will view video models and participate in role-plays where they will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on their performance.
Audience: --BCBAs who run or train staff to run social skills groups --Public school ABA professionals whose students participate in group social skills support --Teachers, SLPs, behavioral therapists or other direct care staff who run social skills groups --ABA professionals currently running social skills groups or wishing to run them in the future
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): assessment, group instruction, pragmatics, social skills

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