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Friendship 101: Helping Learners with Autism Build Social Competence

Friendship 101: Helping Learners with Autism Build Social Competence
Juliet Hart Barnett, Ph.D., Arizona State University and Kelly Whalon, Ph.D., Florida State University
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In collaboration with the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD)

An essential characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is difficulty acquiring the social skills needed to develop social competence, including the ability to form and maintain friendships and relationships with others. This webinar, designed for general and special educators who work with children with ASD, presents evidence-based practices shown to enhance social competence in children and youth with ASD. You’ll learn about approaches to build students’ social skills across school, home, and community settings, for students with varying skill levels in pre-K through high school. You’ll take away tools you can implement in your classroom, along with sample activities and materials to promote peer-related social competence of children and youth in play, peer networking, and leisure contexts. This presentation is based on Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence.

After viewing this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe important social skill targets for children and youth with ASD
  • Implement user-friendly assessment methods to determine important social skill instructional targets
  • Deliver a range of instructional strategies to promote the social competence of children and youth with ASD.

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