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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behaviorally Based Social Skills Groups for Individuals With Autism: Lessons From Research and Clinical Practice
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Zurich D, Swissotel
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joseph H. Cihon, M.S.
JEREMY ANDREW LEAF (Autism Partnership), MITCHELL T. TAUBMAN (Autism Partnership), CHRISTINE MILNE (Autism Partnership Foundation), JOSEPH H. CIHON (University of North Texas), RONALD LEAF (Autism Partnership Foundation), JOHN JAMES MCEACHIN (Autism Partnership)
Description: Researchers have demonstrated that social skills groups may be beneficial for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For the past 20 years the instructors have been implementing social skills groups for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Recently, they have completed a randomized control trial which evaluated a 16-week behaviorally based social skills group for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Based upon the instructors’ clinical experience and research experience they will present how behavior analysts can effectively implement behaviorally based social skills group. Research data, clinical data, and video examples of how to implement social skills group will be presented and the various teaching and reinforcement procedures that can be used within social skills group will be discussed. The instructors will also discuss ways to evaluate students’ progress within a social skills group. Finally, future directions for both clinicians and researchers will be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify 3 different teaching procedures that can be used in social skills groups and identify what skills can be taught with these procedures; (2) identify 3 different formal assessments and identify what these formal assessments asses; (3) describe various data collection systems that can be used during social skill groups.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, video observation, and group discussion.
Audience: Behavior analysts who have previous experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism or developmental disability and who have implemented behaviorally based procedures to teach social behavior
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): group instruction, social behavior, social skills



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