Join us, on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7pm for our free workshop on Teaching Individuals with ASD Skills for Building Relationships and Friendships.
A Dr. Seuss quote says, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” This quote is often used for children with autism to reinforce acceptance of their differences. Research shows us that some of these differences are identified as social skills deficits and may change the trajectory of their life when left unaddressed. During adolescence, social competence has been correlated to positive outcome such as educational attainment, employment status, and lower levels of depression, aggression and conduct problems (Stepp, Pardini, Loeber, & Morris, 2011; Zins, Weissberg, Wang, & Walberg, 2004). This presentation will review some current trends and provide teaching strategies for building relationships and friendships for individuals with autism.
Presenter: Amanda Randall, M.Ed., BCBA
Amanda Randall, M.Ed., BCBA, began her teaching at a private residential school for children with autism and behavior disorders. There she carried out IEP goals and implemented behavior support plans to effectively decrease behaviors and increase independence. Amanda immediately became intrigued by the relationship between motivation and behavior. Prior to moving to Virginia, Amanda spent time as an Assistant Clinical Director for adult services and with public schools as an independent consultant to classroom teachers and families. Amanda has worked with interdisciplinary teams of service providers, psychiatrists, and other clinicians to structure comprehensive behavior and medical plans for adults and children with various disabilities.