Expert Speaker Series - Improving Play and Leisure Skills of Individuals with ASD
Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
Improving Play and Leisure Skills of Individuals with ASD
Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Alpine Learning Group
March 15, 2012: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Identifying age-appropriate play and leisure activities for learners with autism can be quite challenging. It can be especially difficult as individuals with autism age and certain play activities are no longer age appropriate or socially valid. In addition, it may be challenging to teach age-appropriate play and leisure activities given a learner’s interest in repetitive or stereotypic behavior. The good news is the field of applied behavior analysis offers a wide range of teaching strategies to improve play and leisure skills. Programming for play and leisure activities often requires creativity and modification of activities to meet a learner’s skills and abilities. This presentation will provide an overview of a variety of play and leisure activities that can be adapted or modified for learners with autism. Video-taped examples will illustrate research-based teaching strategies and a variety of activities across the lifespan.
When & Where
Melmark New England
Melmark New England was developed in 1998 by a small group of human service professionals to serve students with complex and challenging needs. A service mission was established to meet educational, rehabilitative, and vocational needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), acquired brain injury, neurological diseases, dual diagnosis, and severe challenging behaviors.
The three founding senior staff have over 60 years of experience in Massachusetts providing high quality special education and clinical treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, and their families.
In the time since its inception, Melmark New England has developed a reputation for treatment excellence and has achieved some remarkable results on behalf of the children served.
Melmark New England was founded as a new service division of Melmark, Inc., a Pennsylvania based provider of residential, educational, therapeutic, and recreational services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The original program was established in 1966 by Paul and Mildred Krentel, whose youngest daughter Melissa was born with Down syndrome. Melmark has expanded its services over the years to additional special needs populations and into residential services on its campus and within communities throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Information on Melmark New England can be obtained through our website at www.melmarkne.org.
Additional information on Melmark, Inc. can be obtained through their website at www.melmark.org.