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.
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