Professional Development Workshops

Throughout each school year, Shepard Schools offers professional development workshops for
child study team members, teachers and other school professionals. The workshops have a focus
on evidence based strategies for addressing challenging behaviors in elementary, middle and high school.


Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

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Location: Shepard School 2 Miller Rd. Kinnelon, NJ 07405

Topic: Teaching social skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Overview: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) demonstrate considerable difficulty in social communication and social interaction skills. These areas of deficit can have a significant impact on the individual’s ability to interact with others throughout their lifetime. In this workshop, we will discuss the ways in which social skills deficits can be addressed using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. We will discuss how to assess social skills in individuals with ASD, and how to identify and define goals to address in teaching. The use of common behavior analytic teaching strategies will be outlined and applied to a range of settings, from identifying and teaching early social skills in nonverbal children with ASD to teaching advanced social skills in inclusion settings. Methods for incorporating neurotypical peers into social skills instruction for learners with ASD will be presented. Additionally, we will discuss how to implement visual cues such as video models, activity schedules, social stories, scripts, and rule cards in instruction.


About the Presenter: Dr. Kate Fiske Ph.D. BCBA-D is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the Associate Director of Behavioral and Research Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. She has worked in the field of ASD treatment for over 15 years, providing evidence- based services in skill acquisition and behavior reduction in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. She has authored numerous chapters and journal articles on the treatment of children with ASD and their families, and is the author of Autism and the Family: Understanding and Supporting Parents and Dr. Kate Fiske, Ph.D., Siblings.

Past Workshops-Seminars Held at Shepard:
  • October 26,2018

    Growth Mindset interventions to promote resiliency and self-regulation for special education students

    Dr. Michael Zito, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist
  • November 08,2017

    School Refusal: Identification and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies

    Dr. Daniela Colognori, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • March 24,2017

    Helping anxious students: Integrating evidence-based intervention with practical collaborative strategies for school professionals

    Daniela Colognori, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • October 28,2016

    Functional behavioral assessment and intervention tools for elementary school students with behavior problems

    Dr. Gina Restivo, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, BCBA, NCSP
  • May 20,2016

    Practical evidenced based strategies for reducing behavioral problems exhibited by elementary school students

    Dr. Kenneth Schneider, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • March 18,2016

    Substance Abuse Issues with Middle and High School Special Needs Students

    Dr. Alicia R. Camlibel, Ph.D., LPC
  • October 30,2015

    Turning Stress into Success: Strategies to Help Special Education Students Cope with Test-taking, Homework, and Class Performance Anxiety.

    Dr. Daniel Gallagher, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • November 14,2014

    Updates in psychiatric medical treatment for students with behavioral disabilities.

    Dr. Tolga Taneli, MD, Psychiatrist, Rutgers University Medical School
  • March 21,2014

    Academic iPad Applications for Special Education Students

    Dr. Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D. School Psychologist, AssistiveTek, LLC.
  • November 15,2013

    Using tablet and computer applications for social skills training and behavioral interventions

    Dr. Damian Petino, Psy.D.  Rutgers University
  • Friday , March 22,2013

    Internet and Tech Social Skills for Special
    Education Students.

    Damian Petino, Psy.D. Rutgers University,
    School Psychologist.
  • Friday , January 11,2013

    Difficult Behavior in Students with HFA/Asperger's: Using
    strategies that work! A presentation of evidence base
    practices for educators in public schools.

    Terence Blackwell, Jr. CEO, BCBA,
  • Friday , October 26,2012

    Evidence based strategies for preventingand managing disruptive behaviors in the academic setting.

    Dr. Lori Rockmore, Psy.D., Psychologist,
    Rutgers University.
  • Thursday , February 16,2012

    Evidence Based Strategies for Treating Anxiety/ Depression Triggered School Refusal: Coordinated interventions for school professionals.

    Dr. Brian C. Chu, Ph.D., Rutgers University.
  • December 09,2011

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents.

    Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
  • October 28,2011

    Linking Functional Behavioral Assessments to Effective Interventions for Behavioral Melt-Downs in the Public School Setting.

    Terence Blackwell, CEO, BCBA,
    School Principal.
  • March 25,2011

    Boys vs. Girls as Bullies: Understanding Physical vs. Relational Aggression and the Challenges Faced by Special Needs Students.

    Dr. Kenneth Schneider, Ph.D.
  • March 15,2011

    The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights: What it Means for Creating Safe and Civil Schools for All Children, Including Special Needs Populations.

    Dr. Maurice j.Elias,Ph.D.
  • February 23,2010

    Practical Strategies for Managing Oppositional and Other Challenging Student Behaviors.

    Dr. Michael Selbst, Ph.D.
  • October 23,2009

    Using Social Stories