Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #179
CE Offered: BACB
Social Skills Training: We Can Do Better
Sunday, May 26, 2019
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Regency Ballroom B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Stefanie H. Perrin, M.Ed.
Chair: David M. Wilson (Georgian Court University)
JACQUELINE J. WEBER (Behavioral Consultants, LLC)
HEIDI LIGHT- GIGLIO (Brett DiNovi & Associates)
STEFANIE H. PERRIN (Brett DiNovi and Associates, LLC)
Abstract: Deficits in social communication and social interaction characterize learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder and identify where our intervention efforts must be directed. The need for teaching social skills to our learners and training social acceptance from peers at an early age is imperative in helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to be successful in a variety of environments including school, community, and home. There are a number of concerns that should be addressed when teaching social skills. In school programs, an emphasis on on-task behavior and academic achievement often takes precedence over communication and deficits when engaging with peers, and there is a disconnect between school and community. In some cases we are not addressing social skills in the most effective manner, too late or not at all. Research indicates that the greatest challenge with the state of social skills instruction is that it is not individualized enough, and there are low rates of maintenance and generalization outside of the classroom environment. This panel will discuss methods to address these concerns.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Practitioners
Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will be able to describe the importance of teaching social skills at an early age. 2. Attendees will be able to describe the value in incorporating neuro-typical peers as models when teaching social skills. 3. Attendees will be able to discuss ways to program for maintenance and generalization.



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