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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W10
CE Offered: BACB
Developing the Social Skills of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders Served in Inclusive Settings
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Bowie A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Kenneth MacAleese, Ph.D.
ROBERT F. PUTNAM (The May Institute), MARISSA PETRUCCELLI (May Institute)
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to enhance the competencies of participants to design and improve social skills of students with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). This workshop will review the research on assessment and intervention with social skills of students with ASD. The workshop will focus on the development of effective social skill interventions based on a variety of assessments. The participants will learn how to empirically assess social skills of students with ASD through a variety of measures. Using this information the participants will learn how to design 1) effective direct instructional interventions to improve social skills, 2) interventions within general education classrooms to teach and generalize social skills of these students, and 3) interventions to generalize these skills to home and community settings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to do the following: 1. identify assessment instruments and methods to inform the development of social skill development in students with ASD; 2. design direct instructional methods to increase social skills; 3. design function based interventions to teach social skills that complete with problem behavior; 4. design strategies to support social skills development in inclusionary settings; 5. adapt curriculum and activities for students with ASD to increase social interactions; 6. design strategies to encourage social interactions between students with ASD and their typical peers; 7. increase opportunities for students with ASD to practice social skills in different environments (e.g., other school settings, home, community); and 8. increase success of students with ASD in a variety of settings.
Activities: Participants will follow a process of case based assessment of social skills with students with ASD. Participants will then use this assessment process to gather information on students that they working with. Based on this assessment the participants will learn the process of designing a comprehensive social skills intervention plan to increase social skills. Participants will this process to design interventions with students that they are currently working with.
Audience: Behavior analysts, educational consultants, and technical assistance providers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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