Adaptive behavior is defined as those skills or abilities that enable the individual to meet standards of personal independence and responsibility that would be expected of his or her age and social group. But despite the fact that adult outcomes can, in no small part, be seen as a function of adaptive behavior, very little clinical or research attention is paid to this critically important cohort of skills. This may be due to adaptive behavior deficits not being considered as part of the triad of diagnostic characteristics (e.g., communication, social competencies, idiosyncratic behavior) in autism. This workshop will provide an overview of current research on adaptive behavior and discuss implications for both classroom and community-based instruction.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania