This course is focused on introducing participants to games and activities in the natural environment that help facilitate meaningful conversation, specifically for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Participants will receive a brief introduction to the importance of engaging in conversation and how it influences social and academic development as well as an overview of the specific deficits in conversation for individuals with ASD. We will discuss some prerequisite skills, in the form of Verbal Operants, such as labelling, requesting, and answering questions with and without stimuli present.
This presentation goes further in depth to discuss non-verbal characteristics of conversation such as using gestures, appropriate tone of voice or volume, maintaining appropriate distance, eye contact and other characteristics that can be individualized based on your child or client’s specific needs. This course also includes real-life video examples of games and activities that can help facilitate teaching these skills so you can learn how to practice them in a natural setting.
- Understand the importance of conversation for children
- Receive a brief overview of the specific deficits in ASD
- Gain a general understanding of Verbal Operants and how they are prerequisite to meaningful conversation
- Participate in activities that help teach specific prerequisite skills to conversation
- View videos and receive relative handouts related to discussed games and activities
- Review non-verbal characteristics of conversation, such as gestures, tone of voice, volume, distance, etc.
- Receive examples of natural environment games and activities that help facilitate natural conversation amongst peers
1 Learning CEU Available
This content is intended for those who: have or are pursuing RBT/BCaBA/BCBA designations; teacher; therapists; and others whose role uses Applied Behaviour Analysis to design and implement programming to decrease interfering behaviours and increase skills. This is also intended for anyone whose role is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in any capacity.
About The Instructors
Xena Arivantis is passionate about creating a meaningful teaching environment. She works closely with families to implement ABA therapy and provide training for both parents and professionals.
Samantha is a BCBA who develops and implements educational programs utilizing the principles of ABA along with Behaviour Reduction strategies for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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