Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W5
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching Staff to Teach Social Skills Groups for Learners With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Regatta ABC
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jill E. McGrale Maher, M.A.
JILL E. MCGRALE MAHER (Behavioral Concepts, Inc), IAN MELTON (Endicott College), BRITANY MELTON (Endicott College), COURTNEY MAHER (Michigan State University )
Description: The recent increase in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has rapidly inflated the demand for social skills training and instruction for children with ASD. As a result, many strategies for teaching social skills have been developed and marketed. However, it is frequently difficult for practitioners to easily locate clear and comprehensive assessments and programs that meet the needs of specific students, especially those designed to be taught in applied settings in small homogenous groups. Furthermore, available resources are often lacking in programs with strong procedural integrity; comprehensive skill assessment; instruction for the staff who will actually be implementing the programming; systematic teaching procedures; prompt fading strategies; repetitive learning opportunities; and clear, accurate data collection systems. This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive model intended to teach a systematic method of assessment, designing, implementing, and evaluating homogenous social skills groups for children with ASD. Participants will review the process from the selection of the best social skills assessment, grouping students, writing lesson plans, skills required for running groups, designing data collections systems, and evaluating progress. Target Audience: Directors, supervisors and instructors of social skills for children with autism and related disabilities
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Identify assessments appropriate for target students; (2) Create guidelines for constructing homogeneous groups; (3) Write a lesson plan for a group to include selection of appropriate activities for teaching skills; (4) Review skills required to lead and support groups; (5) Review empirically based teaching techniques including prompting strategies and reinforcement systems; (6) Develop data collection systems that target up to three behaviors for individual students; (7) Promote the use of best practices and ethical standards into social skill groups.
Activities: Didactic instruction Role play Development of lesson plans Development of staff training program Development of data collection procedures
Audience: Administrators, BCBAs, Teachers, SLP's
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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