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Communication And Socialization In Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This course is designed to address common social skill deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders: social cognition, social communication, social initiation, and social reciprocity. Identification of various ways to assess social skills is addressed. Participants focus on interventions that promote social skill acquisition and enhance social skill performance. Instructional tools and adaptations necessary to foster the development of social skills are also explored.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Social Skill Interventions That Promote Skill Acquisition

    • Describe social skill acquisition tools and methods.
    • Compare social scripting, video modeling, and social problem-solving strategies.
    • Design social stories that address social situations.

    Social Skill Interventions That Facilitate Social Skill Generalization

    • Explain self-monitoring strategies.
    • Describe social skill generalization tools and methods.
    • Design reinforcement protocols that include plans for fading supports.


    • All objectives apply.

    Overview of Social Skills

    • Summarize current research in the area of social skill development theory.
    • Describe common social skill deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Identify characteristics that may impede social skill development in students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Social Skill Development Assessments

    • Compare socially valid assessment tools.
    • Analyze ethical considerations regarding social skill assessment.
    • Describe social skill assessment tools and methods.

    Social Skill Interventions That Enhance Social Skill Performance

    • Describe social skill performance tools and methods.
    • Compare social shaping, peer-mediated supports, and reinforcement strategies.
    • Describe social prompt hierarchies addressing social situations.
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