Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W72
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Students with Autism to Respond to Threatening Social Situations in Mainstream Settings
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Stevens 4 (Lower Level)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Lori E. Bechner, M.A.
LORI E. BECHNER (Alpine Learning Group), JULIA R. FISHER (Alpine Learning Group), CAREN GANS (Alpine Learning Group), ALEXANDRA HOLBERTON (EPIC School)
Description: Children with autism who are included in mainstream settings may encounter threatening social situations such as teasing, name calling, bullying, and being told to do inappropriate things for the humor of others. Without the skills needed to respond appropriately in these threatening social situations, individuals with autism in mainstream settings are often at risk for being taken advantage of which can result in physical and emotional harm, as well as result in limited social relationships with peers. Research in training self-protection skills has concentrated on teaching typically developing children to respond when presented with physically harmful situations. Research in teaching self-protection skills to individuals with developmental disabilities, although limited, has also focused on teaching individuals to respond when presented with physically harmful situations. There is, however, little research focused on teaching individuals with developmental disabilities to respond to threatening social situations. This workshop will describe potentially threatening social situations, and discuss strategies to teach students with autism to respond to such situations.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: - Describe threatening social situations which may be encountered by children with autism in mainstream settings - List and describe strategies to teach students with autism to respond to threatening social situations - Understand and discuss use of video review and peer procedures - Review and explain sample curricula to teach applicable self protection skills.
Activities: Didactic presentation, discussion, video, sample curricula.
Audience: Behavior Analysts, educators, other clinicians working with children with autism, graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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