Social skills training for autistic children

The need for social skills training is extraordinary. Yet, the research on “what works” is sparse. Over the past five years, Verbal Behavior Institute, working with our sister NY agency DDRS NY developed a specialized training that can be taught to teachers, paras, clinicians and parents – in less than a day. Making use of Dr. Brian Iwata’s work in the field of Functional Analysis, we created an evidence-based tool, to target specific skills, identify function and then “teach” generalization across settings, people and events. This session reviews the recent legal decisions around the issue. Using current district examples, we review proactive strategies to address this need in a fiscally responsible manner.

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