Archived Webcast: Navigating the Social Highway: A Road Map of Social Skills Programming for ASD (Wendy Clayton, M.Ed., Teresa Crowson, OTR/L, MAEd.)
Within the text of the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-5, the word “social” appears TEN times; indicating that social skills are, inherently, a significant area of need for students with ASD. Learning to navigate social situations not only helps them understand their world, but also impacts a student’s ability to gain benefit from academics. Our students, more often than not, find themselves alone during recess and lunch times, verbally interact less with peers, have fewer opportunities to relate to peers throughout the day, and have difficulty assigning meaning to academic tasks. These factors substantiate the paramount importance of social skills instruction with our students. This webinar will highlight the journey of one public school division while guiding participants through the steps necessary to begin social skills programming within their division, school, or classroom. Topics will include determining the appropriate instruments for data collection, curricular resources, and professional development interventions in order to arrive at desired outcomes for social skills instruction.