West Coast (Sacramento) Autism Conference

OCTOBER 20, 2016


All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges " Dr. Jed Baker

Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.

Outline of full day presentation

- Understanding of challenging behaviors precedes effective interventio

  • Fear as the most common feeling behind oppositional/defiant behaviors in children with ASD, ADHD, Bipolar and multiple learning disabilitie
  • Children’s challenging behaviors create fear and anxiety in caregivers
  • How caregivers can first manage their own anxiety before managing their children’s behaviors
  • Developing the right attitude to manage challenging behaviors: Research on hope and attributional style of teachers and parents

 -Managing and preventing challenging behaviors: 

  • Developing a trusting relationship before implementing behavioral strategies
  • Crisis management: De-escalating meltdowns though distraction/soothing
  • Identifying the 7 commontriggers to frustration and anxiety
  • Creating prevention plans for each of the 7 common triggers

-Why most social skills programs fail! Six key Components of Social Skills Training

  • One size does not fit all: Prioritizing relevant skill goals
  • Knowing what to do does not mean one will do it: Establishing motivation to use skills
  • Skill acquisition: strategies to teach skills based on language ability
  • Generalization strategies: prompting skills in real settings
  • Having skills does not insure peer acceptance: Creating accepting peer environments
  • Measuring progress

-Q and A for specific skill lessons including 

  •  Anxiety and frustration management
  •  Empathy
  •  Conversational skills
  •  Play skills
  •  Conflict management
  •  Friendship seeking and maintenance
  •  Dating and sexuality issues
  •  Employment issues

Outcome objectives:

  1. To understand the reasons for social skill deficits and disruptive behaviors.
  2. To learn strategies to deal effectively with meltdowns and be able to put together an effective behavior plan to prevent frustrations.
  3. To learn ways to motivate verbal and non-verbal students to want to socialize.
  4. To learn several strategies for teaching and generalizing skills.
  5. To learn how to create programs for typical peers to accept students with disabilities, reduce bullying and model positive behaviors.