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16th Annual Autism Conference; Seattle, WA; 2022

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8 at the time of the convention in March).

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The terminology utilized in the presentation titles and abstracts for this conference was selected to adhere to the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and to be inclusive of those who prefer person-first as well as identity-first language.

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Invited Paper Session #16
Teaching Social Skills to Autistic Children/Children Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Dyads and Groups
Monday, March 7, 2022
8:10 AM–9:00 AM
Fourth Floor; Grand Ballroom 1/2
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Joseph H. Cihon (Autism Partnership Foundation)
CE Instructor: Marjorie Charlop, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: MARJORIE CHARLOP (Claremont McKenna College)

Years of research and practice has shown us that Autistic children/children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often show deficits in social skills development. This may ultimately lead to problems for the child in learning other skills, making friends, interacting within the family, school, and community. Limitations in socials skills can lead to becoming a victim of bullying, which ultimately may lead to anxiety and depression. For these very formidable reasons, it is important to teach social skills to Autistic children/children diagnosed with ASD. Moreover, social skills, such as play, athletic games, and other forms of positive peer interaction, may be fun and can lead to an improved quality of life for the child and the family. Additionally, while there are many social skills, with a little behavioral ingenuity, they are easy to teach, do generalize, and can maintain. Today’s presentation will discuss the basic behaviors necessary for social skills:social speech, play, and reciprocal interaction. This discussion will focus on treatment used in dyad and group formats. Finally, the presentation will include the importance of social skills groups, their use with younger children, their use in a culturally diverse world, the importance of communication, play, and reciprocal interaction above specific curriculum, the importance of active games, and the promising technique of Zoom social groups for certain communities. Scientific data and video clips will be provided.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe recent studies on social skills interventions to teach social speech; (2) describe recent studies on social skills interventions to teach athletic play; (3) describe the difference between types of social skills groups; (4) describe the importance of both in-door and out-door activities for children with ASD; (5) describe cultural sensitivities in forming social skills groups.
MARJORIE CHARLOP (Claremont McKenna College)
Marjorie H. Charlop, Ph.D., BCBA, has dedicated her life’s work to helping children with ASD and their families. She is Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College and Director of The Claremont Autism Center, her renowned research and treatment center for children with ASD and their families. As a Licensed Psychologist, she also maintains a private practice and consultation services. Dr. Charlop has hundreds of professional conference presentations and publications in the field of autism and has done workshops and lectures around the globe. The second edition of Naturalistic and Incidental Teaching is available by Pro-ed. Her latest book, Play and Social Skills for Children With ASD is available by Springer. Her research areas focus on the treatment of communication, motivation, social skills, and behavior problems. She looks into developing the best treatment protocols such as video modeling and everyday technology to enhance learning. Social Skills, parent collaboration, and education are among her primary areas of practice.



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