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PrAACtical Thoughts on Social Skills Training from the 2016 CARD Conference

February 2, 2016 by - 3 Comments

PrAACtical Thoughts on Social Skills Training from the 2016 CARD Conference

I had a wonderful time this past weekend connecting with colleagues and learning from ASD experts at the 2016 Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) Conference in Orlando. One of the keynotes, “From Building Social Relationships to Improved Quality of Life Outcomes for Youth on the Autism Spectrum: We Finally Know What We Already Knew,” was given by Dr. Scott Bellini. I also attended his talk on the Building Social Relationships program. Here are some of the take-aways from those two sessions. Evidence Base  The evidence base for social skills training is variable. While his meta-analysis on school-based social skills training found that social skills interventions were minimally effective, there are several effective strategies that can be used in that and other settings. When evidence-based strategies, including video modeling and video self-modeling and social narratives, are used within the context of social skills training, the overall efficacy is much greater. The evidence... [Read More...]

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Autism and AAC: 5 Pinterest Boards to Follow

November 6, 2015 by - 3 Comments

Autism and AAC: 5 Pinterest Boards to Follow

Pinterest has just exploded as a curation venue for content related to AAC and autism. Here are some boards to check out and consider following. Considerate Classroom by Lindy McDaniel  Autism Teaching Tools Visual Supports by Christine Reeve  Visual Supports and Social Stories by the Michigan Association of School Social Workers  Visual Schedules by Brandi Shinn  Behavior Management Strategies by The Autism Helper  Do you have favorite Pinterest boards that we should know about?

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October Site of the Month: The National Professional Development Center on ASD

October 12, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

October Site of the Month: The National Professional Development Center on ASD

October’s featured site is full of resources on empirically-supported instructional practices for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on ASD website was a collaborative effort by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the MIND Institute, University of California-Davis which was funded by the US Department of Education.  You may already be familiar with their work through their collaboration with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) in creating the Autism Internet Modules.  While there are various things to explore on the NDPC site, there are a few main resources that you won’t want to miss. Practice Briefs If you are looking for at-a-glance information on intervention practices and their research supports, this is a page you will want to bookmark. There are over two dozen practice briefs that summarize the literature in instructional... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Uniquely Human by Dr. Barry Prizant

August 19, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Uniquely Human by Dr. Barry Prizant

In this week’s featured video, we hear from noted ASD researcher and clinician, Dr. Barry Prizant, who discusses some of the challenges faced by individuals with autism and alternative ways to understand and address these challenges. He places a high priority on understanding the perspective of individuals with autism and their families, something that can be a powerful force for change in our service delivery. “There’s no such thing as autistic behavior; It’s all human behavior.” There are lots of prAACtical implications of this perspective and the focus on reflective practices. Enjoy, “Uniquely Human: A Different Way to See Autism and Create Pathways to Success.” Thanks to Presence Learning for producing and hosting this video.

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Video of the Week: Narrative Skills in Students with ASD

July 15, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Narrative Skills in Students with ASD

As much as we love working with beginning communicators and helping to create a solid foundation of early language, it’s also important for SLPs to be skilled in building higher level language skills. In this post, we hear from Dr. Paola Colozzo, assistant professor in the Audiology and Speech Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Our video today is from UBC’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) and provides a wonderful overview of narrative skills and intervention for people with autism.

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