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July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania

Teaching Conversational Skills to Children with Autism: Analysis, Assessment and Intervention

Thursday, August 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

Conversation is a complex aspect of social behavior and is especially difficult for most persons with autism. The DSM-5's main criterion for the diagnosis of autism consists of "Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction." The DSM-5 goes on to exemplify this criteria with the "failure of normal back-and-forth conversation." But what constitutes a "normal" conversation? A behavioral analysis will suggest it involves verbal behavior, listener behavior, motivation, social behavior, multiple control, conditional discriminations, and a host of other variables. Identifying these variables is essential for the assessment and treatment of impaired or absent conversational skills. Following an analysis of conversational behavior, suggestions will be provided as to how to assess conversational behavior, including supporting social behaviors, and develop appropriate intervention programs.

Session number: 
61
Content Level: 
Beginner
Available Credits: 
Act 48
ASHA
BACB
Infant
OT
Psych
PT
SW
Intended Audience: 
All Participants
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