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Sixth Annual Autism Conference; Philadelphia, PA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Promoting Complex Social Skills in Individuals With Asperger's Disorder and High Functioning Autism
Friday, January 27, 2012
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Grand Ballroom D
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Robert L. Koegel, Ph.D.
ROBERT L. KOEGEL (University of California, Santa Barbara), LYNN KERN KOEGEL (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Description: Individuals with Asperger's disorder and high functioning autism (HFA) often have difficulty with developing friendships, living independently, and obtaining and maintaining employment. This workshop will present various intervention procedures for improving social communication, pragmatics, self-help areas, and so on in individuals with Asperger's disorder or HFA. The procedures presented will include video-modeling, self-management, routine-based interventions, school-based social groups, designing social programs within restricted interests, and visual frameworks. Target behaviors include initiations during social conversation, peer interaction, independent living skills, dating, job-related activities, and social activities in the community. Preliminary data from several studies, using a multiple baseline design across participants, will be presented. Results indicate that with systematic interventions, individuals with Asperger's and HFA can make significant improvements in socialization, social conversation, independent living, friendship development, and other areas. Video-tape clips of the interventions will be presented along with practical procedures for elementary school students through adults. Discussion relating to positive outcomes and quality of life will be presented.
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Audience: Certified behavior analysts, behavioral consultants, behavioral therapists, clinicians, educational consultants, psychologists, special education teachers, and individuals working with children with autism or other developmental delays.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Asperger’s disorder, self-management, socialization



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