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.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W46
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
HI-STEP: A Summer Program for Children with Social Skills Impairments
Friday, May 22, 2009
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
North 124 A
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Dennis H. Reid, Ph.D.
MICHAEL C. SELBST (Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A.), Steven Gordon (Behavior Therapy Associates)
Description: Description: Youth with social skills impairments include those with a range of DSM-IV diagnoses such as Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Social skill deficits have been associated with negative outcomes in future adjustment (i.e., educational achievement, interpersonal relationships, psychological well-being, etc.). The scientific research on Social Skills Training has generally found a weak effect with limitations as to the manner in which it has been implemented. HI-STEPTM (Helping Improve Social-skills Through Evidence-based Practices) is a six week summer day program for children with social skills impairments, that has been in existence for nine summers with over 400 children in attendance. Over 80% of the attendees’ tuition has been paid by the local educational agency as part of an Extended School Year (ESY). Principles associated with Applied Behavior Analysis such as pinpointing target behaviors, functional behavior assessments, positive behavior supports, antecedent/consequence interventions and data collection are the “backbone” of the program. This workshop is at an Intermediate Level and assumes participants have prior knowledge of ABA principles.
Learning Objectives: Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to 1. Identify the characteristics of social skills 2. Identify the outcomes associated with social skills impairments 3. Identify evidence-based strategies that contribute to success in social skills and problem-solving 4.Describe the elements associated with the Terrific Ten Problem-Solving approach
Activities: Activities: Workshop activities include didactic presentation using lecture, power point presentation, discussion and video clips demonstrating components of the summer program. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss ways to apply evidence-based strategies to social skills programs within their own setting.
Audience: Audience: Individuals working in public school environments, in private schools and agencies, and within a private practice such as behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologists, and special education teachers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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