Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W30
CE Offered: BACB
Using Neurotypical Children to Determine Appropriate Social Skill Objectives for Children with Autism.
Friday, May 23, 2008
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Continental B
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kelly McKinnon, M.A.
KELLY MCKINNON (Kelly McKinnon & Associates)
Description: Social Skills, a term commonly used among practitioners treating children with autism, denotes different meanings for different people. Without specific breakdown and understanding of what social skills look like for neurotypical children of various ages, social skill objectives and programming written for children with an autism spectrum disorder are often unrealistic, not data-based, and not in line with what a neurotypically developing peer might display. This workshop will present video clips and data collections of neurotypically developing children across various ages and social skill areas following the Module System of Social Skills development, addressing specific social skills of joint attention and social referencing, social play skills, social behavior skills and social language skills. Participants of this workshop will observe video clips and receive social skill data of neurotypically developing students obtained from this study and learn how to breakdown social skills into measurable goals with appropriate social aims to teach children on the autism spectrum.
Learning Objectives: Participants of this workshop will learn: �How to consider developmentally appropriate social skills for children with autism that match diagnostic criteria �How to break social skills into measurable objectives �Observe typically developing children�s social skill behavior �How to determine appropriate social skill aims and objectives based on the skills of neurotypically developing children �Learn to teach social skills using ABA techniques
Activities: *Lecture *Video observation *Breakout sessions
Audience: Practitioners of children working with school-aged children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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