Transition Survival 103 – Advanced Social Skills For Adolescent And Adults – Part 2

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How do you deal with situations.like adjusting to change? Are you always willing to try something new? What do you do when you have to make a very important decision? How do you problem solve? How do you deal with mistakes? Have you ever asked someone out on a date? How did you feel? According to Baker (2005), appropriate social behavior is a subjective process. How people behave in a social situation depends, not only on the people involved, but on what the situation calls for as appropriate.

When reviewing the questions above, we identify there are cognitive processes required such as learning self-regulation techniques and understanding relationships in order to respond appropriately in social situations. We will identify these necessary skills and look at strategies that can be taught during early treatment. Strategies that are taught in order to increase these skills will assist in the way individuals act with others. Teaching and learning these skills can include role modeling, lots of practice, and developing opportunities to use these skills often in daily interactions.

For example, some of the social skills we will be reviewing in this webcast are as follows:

    Self-regulation
    Understanding directions
    Asking for help
    Knowing when to take breaks and/or lunch
    Learning and responding to body language
    Relationships
    Expressing Affection
    Asking Someone Out on a Date
    Giving Encouragement
    And, more …

This is only a partial list of the skills needed to be a successful adult in society. As professionals, it is important that we find effective ways to teach these skills so that learners will be proficient at these skills. Knowing what to do and when to do it in a social situation not only lessens the possibility of stigma, it also increases independence and success in daily life.

Outcomes:

Upon completion of Transition Survival 103: Advanced Social Skills for Adolescent and Adults – Part 2, participants will:

Identify a minimum of 25 must-have social skills for an adolescent and/or adult with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome;
Create and prioritize a social skills treatment plan for their student;
Learn several teaching strategies for use with the student
This recorded webcast willl total 120 minutes with a review of theory, practice and methodology designed for teachers, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, Mental Health counselors, BCABA’s and BCBA’s working with person’s with autism and/or supervising direct treatment staff, and other professionals working with adolescents and/or adults with autism, Asperger’s and related disorders.

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