Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W43
CE Offered: BACB
Making and Maintaining Friendships: Interventions for Developing Meaningful Relationships for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Zurich G, Swissotel
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Yakos, M.A.
JENNIFER YAKOS (Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT)), CECILIA KNIGHT (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)), ANGELA M. PERSICKE (Autism Research Group, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD))
Description: Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often demonstrate core deficits in the areas of social interaction and the development of appropriate social relationships with others, especially peers. Developing and maintaining friendships involves the interplay of multiple complex skill repertoires, including perspective taking, basic and complex social behaviors, maintaining appropriate social boundaries, understanding non-vocal social behavior, and demonstrating appropriate emotional responses to the private and non-private behaviors of others. This workshop will review various evidence-based procedures to address these and other skill repertoires necessary to develop successful social relationships, including specific strategies to teach skills such as giving compliments, identifying the preferences of others, maintaining appropriate social boundaries, and developing empathy. Additionally, behaviors related to the appropriate use of social media will be identified and discussed. The presentation will also include video clips of teaching strategies, as well as learning activities for participants to practice developing intervention strategies for teaching key skills.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify core skill deficits within several skill domains common to individuals with ASD which impact the development of successful social relationships; (2) identify various behavior analytic intervention strategies to teach skills such as perspective taking, complex social behaviors, following social rules and maintaining appropriate boundaries, and developing appropriate social and emotional responding to others; (3) identify areas of need and develop intervention strategies to improve the social behaviors of individuals with ASD within sample case vignettes and/or other practice activities.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met using instructional strategies including: lecture, discussion, case review and video review, small group practice activities, and group feedback.
Audience: Behavior analysts, BCBAs, BCaBAs, teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, social skills instructors, and other professionals who work with individuals diagnosed with ASD, specifically in the areas of social skill development.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism, Perspective Taking, Social Relationships, Social Skills



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