Social Skills Training for Individuals with ASD: Understanding the Strategies that Work and How to Maximize Outcomes
BACB Type 2 CEU available - 3.5 CE credits
Social skills are an elusive target of instruction. As behavior analysts, we often struggle to teach these nuanced skills in ways that transfer into the natural setting. Misconceptions abound about the utility and effectiveness of ABA for social skills instruction. In this workshop, we will review the deficits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the ways in which those deficits impact social functioning. We will review evidence-based procedures for teaching social skills, highlighting several methods within ABA that have been highly successful. We will also discuss the state of evidence for commonly used approaches. Strategies for developing effective teaching methods and for identifying the important components of packaged interventions will be explored. Special attention will be given to the issues of generalization and fluency as they relate to social skills programming. In addition, addressing the social skills needs of nonvocal learners and older learners will be discussed.
Mary Jane will also give a keynote address at ABA Today. Click here to learn about Mary Jane's keynote topic and read her biographical details.