Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W4
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Socially Savvy: An Assessment and Curriculum Guide for Young Children
Friday, May 22, 2015
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
217B (CC)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: James T. Ellis, Ph.D.
JAMES T. ELLIS (Step By Step Behavioral Solutions), Christine Almeida (Newton Public Schools)
Description: This workshop will introduce the Socially Savvy Checklist, which serves as a social-skills assessment and curriculum guide. Participants will learn how to use the checklist to determine appropriate and individualized social-skills targets, as well as to develop Individualized Education Program objectives. Additionally, participants will become familiar with different evidence-based approaches to teaching social skills, including how to make decisions about the most appropriate approach given a child's skills and learning profile. Ideas for intervention will be provided for children of all levels of functioning, from those children who are developing basic social skills to those learning to navigate more complex social situations. A major emphasis in the workshop will be placed on developing and implementing social-skills groups, including determining appropriate skills for all group members, selecting activities and teaching strategies that can be employed to teach a variety of social skills, and developing and using practical data collection systems.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) determine target social skills for a child based on the Socially Savvy Checklist; (2) determine an appropriate context and teaching approach to teach targeted social skills; (3) describe a continuum of instructional approaches that promote the generalization of social skills to the natural environment; (4) implement at least three activities that facilitate the use of social skills; (5) and describe an appropriate structure for a social-skills group.
Activities: PowerPoint will be used to teach various parts of the assessment and intervention process, and videos and live modeling will be used to demonstrate examples of various intervention strategies and activities. Participants will be provided with examples of activities to teach social skills, sample data sheets, and curriculum. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on activities, including using completed Socially Savvy Checklists to identify appropriate targets, playing games, and activities that can be used to teach social skills, collecting data on multiple children in a group activity, and designing their own social-skills group.
Audience: Board Certified Behavior Analysts, psychologists, early childhood educators, special educators or anyone interested in starting or running a social-skills group.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Intervention, Social Skills, Young Children



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