Social skills are an area in which opinions are strong, data are scarce, and outcomes are modest. It can be a source of confusion for practitioners and frustration for parents. How and when do we target social skills? What are the most important skills to address in young learners, in school age children, in adolescents, and in adults? How do we ensure that functional skills are taught? In this presentation, effective selection of targets and effective instructional procedures will also be reviewed, as well as methods to ensure that skills generalize, maintain, and lead to meaningful changes in relationships and in quality of life.
About Mary Jane Weiss
A former burger-flipper whose skirt once fell down at a conference, Mary Jane Weiss became interested in behavioural intervention during a college practicum at an ADHD clinic. Moved by the familial changes she witnessed as a result of behavioural parent training, ABA and autism became a lifelong love affair (and according to her family of origin a strategic way of avoiding any future burger flipping).
As a university lecturer Mary Jane has developed and taught undergraduate, special education and doctoral courses on autism, ABA, and disability. She currently works as a Professor of Education and Director of Programs in ABA and Autism at Endicott College, Massachusetts; and is a prolific writer, researcher, and presenter.
A self-described assertive New Yorker and mother of three, Mary Jane promises to keep her gear on as she strips bare the essentials of social skills; an area she describes as full of strong opinions, scarce data, and sometimes modest outcomes. ABA Today 2019 delegates can expect an informative keynote and a practical and tactical Masterclass.