Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W54
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analytic Social Skills Group Assessment and Skill Development
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom G
Area: PRA/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ashley Rodman, M.S.
HAZEL BAKER (Advances Learning Center; Endicott College), ASHLEY RODMAN (Advances Learning Center), Katherine Johnson (Advances Learning Center), GINETTE WILSON BISHOP (Advances Learning Center)
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, and train staff to implement skill acquisition procedures in a small-group setting.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Facilitate activities that teach body language, conversation, independent, pretend, and cooperative play, social conventions, and perspective-taking; (2) Program individualized prompt levels and reinforcement schedules while running an instructional activity with several students; (3) Take procedural integrity and reliability measures on social skills group leaders; (4) Create systems to collect data on multiple students simultaneously and graph student data in a standardized and flexible way; (5) Choose assessment tools that are appropriate to students and settings; (6) Develop attainable social objectives for varied student profiles; (7) Identify common objectives or overlapping supporting activities to group students into effective learning clusters.
Activities: Alternating 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 product.
Audience: The intended audience includes: --BCBAs who train staff to run social skills groups --Public school ABA professionals whose students participate in group social skill support --Anyone 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



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