Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W19
Running Effective Behavior Analytic Social Skills Groups
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Republic A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor:
KATHERINE A. JOHNSON (Advances Learning Center), ELIZABETH PAIGE ADAMS (Advances Learning Center), JENNIFER BLANKENSHIP (Advances Learning Center)
Description: Teaching social skills in a group setting requires a multitude of abilities: grouping students in effective clusters, using group contingencies, taking data on multiple students at once, and individualizing prompt levels and reinforcement schedules while running effective activities that provide students with frequent opportunities to respond to social stimuli. This workshop will teach specific learning activities that target skills in the domains of body language; conversation; independent, pretend, and cooperative play; social conventions; and perspective-taking. It will also provide training on how, when, and why to use group contingencies and give strategies for individualizing social instruction in a group setting.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to do the following: 1. use a variety of activities designed to provide students with frequent opportunities to respond to social cues; 2. facilitate activities that teach body language, conversation, independent and pretend, and cooperative play, social conventions, and perspective-taking; 3. group students into effective learning clusters; 4. use several different group contingencies and identify the reasons behind using each type of contingency; 5. collect data on multiple students; 6. individualize prompt levels and reinforcement schedules while running an instructional activity with several students; 7. take procedural integrity and reliability measures on social skills group leaders.
Activities: The workshop will alternate between lecture and hands-on activities; participants will work in groups to complete guided notes and case studies and participate in video-modeled activities and role-plays.
Audience: The intended audience includes Board Certified Behavior Analysts who train staff to run social skills groups; teachers, SLP's, behavioral instructors, or therapists who run social skills groups; school staff intending to implement social skills instruction as a part of their curriculum; and anyone currently running social skills groups or wishing to run them in the future.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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