It is essential that behavior analysts design and implement social communication skills programming that conforms to the core principles of ABA and scientific evidence (Baer et al., 1968; Green, 1996; Normand, 2008). Learn to employ a functional assessment to select socially valid targets for intervention. A conceptual analysis of the stimuli that occasion and maintain simple and complex social skills informs development of functional equivalents for problem behavior. Learn to employ a behavioral skills training model in a group format via “Social Communication Therapy Class” (SCTC) and “Friends and Fitness” (F&F). Methods to target social behaviors, including self-advocacy, negotiation, and conversational skills (complimenting, advanced manding, reflective comments), with direct application via games and contrived problem-solving activities utilizing confederate peers, will be demonstrated via videotape and lesson plan examples. These practical group strategies improve motivation and intraverbal repertoires necessary to develop “mutual interests and experiences,” game knowledge, motor abilities that can be essential in maintaining friendships, and participation in community events. Parent training procedures will also be highlighted.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania