Teaching Early Social Skills


This chapter provides an introduction to the early social skills. Information provided includes specific teaching strategies in the areas of initiations, social referencing, and joint attention. Pairing techniques for use with peers and conditioning additional reinforcers are addressed. Video vignettes include step by step teaching techniques and examples of games that can be incorporated to teach social skills. Assessment and goal selection is addressed and data collection techniques are reviewed. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB. Current Link: https://bacb.com/rbt-task-list/


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with C-25;C-29 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-TESS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Discriminate social from non-social consequences.
Review the Social Deficits in autism and related disabilities and we need to specifically teach social skills.
Define Social Behavior, initiations, social referencing and joint attention.
Review of typical social skill development.
Identify different types of assessment tools.
Observe different preference assessment to determine existing nonsocial and social reinforcers, strategies to teach initiations and to teach social referencing and joint attention.
Identify situations that use stimulus-stimulus-pairing, social referencing and joint attention.
Review how to use pairing strategies to pair peers with reinforcement.

1. Social Skills and Autism 2. Typical Social Skills Development 3. Assessing Social Skills 4. Identifying Social Reinforcers (combine with assessment) 5. Expanding Social Reinforcers 6. Pairing Peers as Reinforcement 7. Teaching Initiations 8. Teaching Social Reference 9. Teaching Joint Attention

Instructor: Anne Collins-Castillo BA BCaBA
Anne Collins-Castillo is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Anne has been working in the field of autism since 1999. She started designing e-Learning curriculum is 2009 and currently serves as the ABA Content Manager for Relias Learning. Prior to designing online curriculum Anne worked in Hawaii and Japan training and supervising teams of ABA interventionists and worked 1:1 with individuals with autism aged 2-24, designing and implementing programs using behavior analytic interventions. Disclosure: Anne Collins-Castillo BA BCaBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA
In 2008 Emaley McCulloch co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC and is currently the Director of Behavioral Products and Research at Relias Learning. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has 17 years experience in the field of autism and ABA and has provided and overseen services to individuals between the ages of 18 months to 24 years in homes, schools and clinical settings. For eight years she served as a consultant and supervisor at agencies based in Hawaii and Japan where she trained groups of professionals and parents. Emaley’s passion is staff training, dissemination of evidenced-based interventions, film and videography and using technology in the field of behavior analysis and special education. Disclosure: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Mary Lynch Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D
Mary's been a Registered Nurse since the mid-1980s, and has worked with neurologically impaired patients. She was a Staff Development Coordinator and Nurse Manager at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She brings a unique perspective to the field of the behavior analysis, though, because she's also the parent of an individual with autism. In 2003, Mary became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She was the lead Behavior Analyst on the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project from 2003 to 2010. In 2011, she earned a PhD in Leadership. She has worked with hundreds of individuals on the autism spectrum, and dozens of which she has assisted in toilet training. Mary trains and presents worldwide. Her book, The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders, has sold over 20,000 copies and it is available in several languages. Disclosure: Mary Lynch Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Behavioral Analyst.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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