Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W74
CE Offered: BACB
From the Classroom to Workforce: Teaching Vocational Skills to Individuals With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, America's Cup A-D
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Julie S. Weiss, M.Ed.
JULIE S. WEISS (New England Center for Children), JULIENNE FAIRCHILD LEBLANC (New England Center for Children), CHRISTINE ANN PELLERIN (New England Center for Children )
Description: Developing a successful vocational program for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a process that begins in elementary school and continues through high school. Teaching functional skills is essential for successful career planning. In this workshop, we will review current methods to determine children's job preferences and strengths. Secondly, we will review the importance of both work and social skills in establishing a career plan and goals. School-based vocational training includes teaching appropriate work habits, developing positive attitudes toward employment, and learning basic vocational tasks. Evidence-based instruction, including discrete trial teaching, task analysis, and incidental learning, are essential for acquisition. For an individual with an ASD, "vocational academic" activities aimed at increasing career awareness and employment preparation are essential. In this workshop, we will describe the components of career education and school-based vocational training in an ABA program for children with an ASD. Examples of vocational training, including curriculum development, successful job matches, means for developing opportunities for children to sample potential work options, and long-term development of career goals, will be reviewed. Case examples of children with an ASD engaged in vocational activities will be presented.
Learning Objectives: At theconclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe the components of school-based vocational training for children with an ASD; (2) describe steps for determining strengths and preference for job skills for children with an ASD;(3) describe steps of the career planning model for children with an ASD; (4) develop a vocational programming plan for a learner with an ASD.
Activities: Instruction strategies will include lecture, discussion and small group breakout. Content will be taught through lecture, videos and group discussion. Objectives will be met through completion of activities during breakout sessions and small and large group discussions. Participants will develop a vocational plan for a learner through individual land group activities throughout the workshop.
Audience: Target audience should include practitioners working with individuals with ASD with a present or future focus on vocational and employment planning and skill development. Practitioners whom are involved in development and implementation of transition planning goals and objectives would also benefit
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): evidence based, transition planning, vocational



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