Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W56
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Perspective Taking to Individuals With Autism: Research and Practical Strategies
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W183c (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Adel C. Najdowski, Ph.D.
ADEL C. NAJDOWSKI (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)), ANGELA M. PERSICKE (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD))
Description: Perspective-taking skills are crucial for successful social interactions, yet children with autism spectrum disorders often have difficulty with perspective taking, including detecting what others are thinking, feeling, and wanting, as well as interpreting their use of nonliteral language (e.g., deception, sarcasm, and disguised mands). This seminar will (1) briefly touch upon the influence of relational frame theory (RFT) in the assessment and treatment of perspective taking (please note this is not an RFT workshop), (2) provide a review of behavioral research for training skills in this area, and (3) present practical strategies and curriculum targets for teaching this repertoire.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) identify the basics of how RFT relates to perspective taking, (2) identify key components of a comprehensive perspective-taking curriculum, (3) identify prerequisites for teaching perspective-taking skills, and (4) identify behavioral procedures with empirical support for teaching perspective-taking skills.
Activities: Participants will review research, watch videos, identify which deficit areas exist for presented vignettes, and discuss strategies for intervention.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for clinicians interested in delivering intervention for perspective taking to children and adolescents with autism, including BACB certificants and licensed psychologists. Schoolteachers and administrators, parents, researchers, professors, and graduate students would also benefit.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): autism, perspective taking



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