Expanding the World Through Social Development: Your "Wh" Questions

Expanding the World Through Social Development: Your "Wh" Questions by Cara Woundy, Autism Specialist Colorado Department of Education

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Impairments in social communication and social interaction, as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities, are hallmark characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

This webinar series takes a deeper look into the social domain by answering the WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW of social-skills development.  

WHY: Good social skills are critical to life success. Social difficulty often proves the biggest obstacle faced by individuals with ASD in a work environment. As educators, our role is to prepare students for the future. Social-skills instruction should be taught much like we teach reading or math - on a daily basis. 

WHO: Three types of communicators - the early learner, the emerging social communicator, and the social communicator - will be reviewed. Each of these learning profiles will be the topic of one webinar in the series.

WHAT: Appropriate assessments for each type of learner will be identified so that a complete profile of the student's social skills can be determined.

WHERE: While social-skills groups are very valuable for instruction, they will represent only one component of social-skills intervention. We will provide a variety of ideas for where intervention can happen throughout the day.

WHEN: Social-skills intervention can be very difficult for students with Autism. We need to consider the optimal conditions for teaching these skills. Once we determine these, interventions can be planned throughout the day.

HOW: Interventions specific to each type of communicator will be provided.
We hope you will join us For Expanding the World Through Social Development: Your "Wh" questions!