These training materials were created for the Autism Center of Excellence at Western Michigan University.
Expert: Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D has been working as a behavior analyst serving people with autism for over 25 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She is currently a Professor of Education at Endicott College, where she directs the graduate programs in ABA and Autism. She previously served as an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University for 16 years. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, on evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism spectrum disorders, and in maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation. She is a regular presenter at regional and national conferences on topics relevant to ABA and autism. She is a past president of the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis, a former member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Board of Directors, and she currently serves on the ethics review committee of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, and on the Board of Trustees of Autism NJ.
"Teaching Social Skills to Individuals with Autism"
Entire video (1:04:27)
- Introduction to social skills training
- Complexity in teaching social skills (4:18)
- How to get started social skills training (12:16)
- Topics in social skill development (19:13)
- Comprehensive assessment (22:37)
- Effective Treatment (30:00)
- Social interaction as an effective reinforcer (32:58)
- Potential issues (38:12)
- Social scripts (40:30)
- Perspective taking (53:52)
- Social stories and social thinking programs (58:25)
- Future directions for social skills training (1:01:53)