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1 10 Strategies to Improve Socialization in Children with Autism Lynn Koegel, Ph.D. Koegel Autism Center University of California, Santa Barbara For Idaho Webinar Participants Only Please do not copy or reproduce Overview Difficulties with Socialization leads to: Depression Anxiety Fewer recreational activities Difficulties attaining employment Difficulties maintaining employment Adult Life for Individuals with ASD More than Half Live with Parents 16% to 53% In Residential Care ½ to ¾ will have Psychiatric Diagnosis Depression/Anxiety/OCD/etc. 1

2 Adults with ASD 5% to 50% College/University education Employment 5% to 55% Married very few if any In relationships 15% (56% never had a relationship, 25% had dated/relationship Children with ASD More Likely to be Bullied Fewer Social Contacts Spend Time with Adults Fewer Friends Interact Less Frequently with Peers Less Physically Active Report that People Don t like them Improving Outcomes in Adulthood Early Intervention Parent Education Social Support at School/Home Social Support at School/Home Training of Aides Teacher Training Inclusion 2

3 Buddy System Prompt a child to engage in activities with a buddy. Lunch Walking back from class Dance/Art Class Social Conversation Baseline Ritualistic Themes Turn ritualistic themes into appropriate play interests (Baker, Koegel & Koegel, JDD) Observe Child Consult Parent and Teacher Intervention Develop a Group Activity Follow Playground Rules Incorporates Ritualistic Interest as Theme Teaching Social Conversation with Question Asking Prompt and reinforce appropriate question asking as a means to teach social conversation Step 1. Collect a Baseline Step 2. Teach Responsiveness to Leading Questions Step 3. Assess for Generalization to Peers 3

4 Self Management Teach children to self-manage their social conversation. This helps children converse independently which can lead to meaningful friendships. Observe Define Discrimination Monitoring Rewarding Fading Self-Management for Social Pragmatic Behavior and Disruptive Behavior (Koegel, Koegel, Hurley & Frea, 1992) Social Initiations Minimizing Excessive Talking Adding Information Sharing Encourage children to share preferred items with peers. Treats Items Interesting Facts Can allow for mutually reinforcing exchanges 4

5 Priming A technique that involves previewing the materials or activities before they are presented in real life situations 13 Background Story Book Time Double Blind Study Teacher Parents Priming Results Children who were primed had better behavior and improved listening comprehension 14 Priming for Socialization Play Dates Before Recess Field Trips Field Trips Greetings Board Games Etc. 5

6 Procedures can be used with: All ages Preschool through College Different disabilities Autism Second Language g learners Gifted Students Different Subjects Math Reading Penmanship Spelling Field Trips Summer for following year Etc. 16 Who can do Priming: Parents at Home Resource Specialist School Psychologist Speech Language Pathologist Paraprofessional Afterschool Homework Club Etc. 17 Techniques for Implementing Priming Relaxed Environment Actual Classroom Materials Videotapes Similar Classroom Materials 6

7 Priming Easy to do Immediately effective Home/School Coordination Productive cooperative approach Cooperative Arrangements Structure the activity in such a way that the participation of each individual is critical to developing a positive outcome Games Class Activities iti Academic Subjects Clubs Forming clubs based upon mutually reinforcing activities is a great way to help develop friendships. Movie Club Simpsons Trivia Cards Computer Young Inventors Cooking Crafts Book Club Photography 7

8 Seeking Assistance from Peers Prompt children to ask each other (instead of a supervising adult) for assistance during activities Lunch period Class Assignments Transitions Supported Play Dates Teachers Recommend compatible Playmates Parents Prime Children Create Opportunities for Social Interaction Keep Initial Play Dates Short Look for Activities that have the most social Summary Start Socialization Programs at Youngest Age Possible Need Multi-Component Intervention Programs Train Aides to Conduct Intervention a des to Co duct te ve t o Need Prompt Fading Hierarchy Develop Comprehensive Plans Coordinate Goals Across Settings 8

9 Thank You! Koegelprt.com 9

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