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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W55
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Practical Strategies for Teaching Higher Order Social Skills to Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W179a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Yakos, M.A.
CECILIA KNIGHT (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)), JENNIFER YAKOS (Institute for Behavioral Training)
Description: One of the defining features of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a marked impairment in the ability to engage in social interactions with others. The development of appropriate and successful social behaviors is often one of the most critical yet challenging skill repertoires for individuals with ASD to establish. This is especially true for higher order social skills such as detecting and responding to subtle social cues, engaging in reciprocal conversations, understanding humor, and negotiating compromise. This workshop will provide instructors with practical strategies for teaching higher order social skills. Discussion will include a review of specific advanced social behaviors that are commonly problematic for individuals with ASD, as well as ABA instructional strategies that utilize both contingency-based teaching and rule-governed behavior training. Examples of teaching methodologies for a variety of higher order social skills will be presented, including video clip demonstration of techniques commonly effective with ASD learners. Small group training activities will also be conducted to allow for direct rehearsal of targeted instructional strategies.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) identify common higher order social skill deficits exhibited by individuals with autism spectrum disorder, (2) identify effective ABA teaching procedures for higher order social skills training utilizing both contingency-based and rule-governed behavior instruction, (3) demonstrate several ABA instructional strategies for higher order social skills training, and (4) identify beneficial tips for effective social skills instruction and common mistakes to avoid.
Activities: Workshop format will include lecture, small and whole group discussion, small group activities, and guided practice.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, behavior analysts, clinicians, teachers, and therapists interested in teaching advanced social skills and social language skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Parents and graduate students may also benefit.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): advanced instruction, social communication, social skills



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