Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W4
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using Diverse Strategies to Teach Advanced Social Skills to Children with Autism
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Williford B (3rd floor)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
MARY ELLEN MCDONALD (The Genesis School), CATHERINE E. FALLEO (Personal Touch), RUTH M. DONLIN (Private practice)
Description: Children with autism exhibit many deficits in the area of socialization. It is difficult for children with autism to respond to peers in social situations as well as to initiate to others. There are many other areas of socialization that children with autism have great difficulty with such as ending a conversation, listening to another conversation to obtain information and knowing how to join in a conversation. This workshop will discuss a variety of innovative strategies that have been successful for improving social skills in children with autism. Specific strategies to be discussed will include topics such as: the use of behavioral rehearsal, role playing, using video modeling and video rehearsal, and conducting ABC analyses of social situations. Carol Gray's comic strip conversations and social stories will be also be reviewed.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will: - Learn a minimum of 3 new methods for increasing social skills in children with autism. - Learn how to operationalize advanced concepts such as friendship when teaching a child with autism. - Learn how to use behavioral rehearsal with children with autism to improve social skills. - Learn how to use self-monitoring for children with autism to help them to monitor their social skills.
Activities: Participants will watch video clips of a variety of strategies that can be used to increase social skills in individuals with autism. Specific activities will include writing a story about a social situation for a student, conducting an ABC analysis on a social situation and operationalizing a variety of advanced social concepts.
Audience: Psychologists, Special educators, social workers, speech pathologists, parents
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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