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Establishing Basic Skill Sets for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In order to address the needs of students with autism who present with limited or absent tact (labeling) and mand (requesting) repertoires, this training will cover conceptual skills and protocols necessary to establish basic skills sets for such students. Methods to teach the value of the earliest social interactions will be reviewed. Content will include specific teaching strategies relevant to an initial mand repertoire, initial imitation skills, basic listener responding skills, and early tact responses. A significant focus will be on the process of establishing early instructional control through shaping and pairing instruction with improving conditions for the student. Additionally, assessment and instructional practices related to the use of an object sort process for providing intensive teaching (discrete trial instruction) will be directly taught.


Participants will:

  1. Acquire methods of interaction that facilitate students approaching and staying near adults
  2. Identify basic concepts and procedures for establishing early cooperative responding and instructional control
  3. Review assessment procedures that support identification of basic cooperative responding, selecting early instructional targets, and promoting response variability.
  4. Practice procedures for establishing initial mand skills.
  5. Practice skill sets involved in use of a materials sort approach to intensive teaching/discrete trial instruction
  6. Describe issues in the design of a balanced instructional program related to establishing a basic skill set for critical social-communicative behaviors

Target Audience

Educational team members serving students with Autism in sites supported by PATTAN Autism Initiative ABA Supports including teachers, para-educators, Speech and Language Professionals, School Psychologists, Behavior Specialists, Occupational Therapists, Administrators, Internal Coaches and others.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Instructor led sessions

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7/25/2018 8:30AM-4:30PM 2 PaTTAN - Harrisburg

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