With some learners, we have to go beyond simple contingency management and reinforcement techniques. We’ve been exploring using ACT when teaching social skills and relational frame theory, which allow us to build skills that require indirect experiences and abstract thought. Here, we discuss how ACT works, share real world examples, and provide information on an upcoming webinar.
ABA social skills is a common area that we tackle within an ABA program. Social skills can be taught with one-on-one ABA therapy as well as with social skills classes.
Kids with advanced language skills may be ready to have conversations with others, but how do we teach these skills? Here, we’re diving into what conversation skills are and how we can best teach them to our learners. We discuss examples of how to use different programs to teach conversation skills. We also talk about the challenges of teaching conversation skills with peers and in the natural environment.
In ABA, a task analysis can be used to break down larger, more complex skills into smaller steps or actions to make things more manageable for our learners. Task analyses can be used to teach a variety of social and life skills. Here, we discuss how to create a task analysis from scratch, the different types of chaining, and how to use prompts to build independence.
Precision teaching, or fluency-based instruction, is a system of teaching in ABA that utilizes exact measurements and data to guide instruction and curricula choices. Here, we discuss what it looks like when put into practice and how to define fluency. We discuss all the ways to use fluency, including social skills like commenting. We also talk about how to make precision teaching less complicated and more fun.
Shane Finkelstein is one of Shana’s original ABA clients from 20 years ago and is here to talk about his experience with autism. Here, he shares his favorite aspects of ABA, especially weekend outings, which helped him form healthy relationships and thrive in social settings. We also talked to Shane about the skills he’s currently working on and his experience in the workforce.
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