Teaching Adaptive Life Skills


This can be a two hour or half day session. Daily life skills such as hygiene, dressing, and household chores can be challenging for families of children with autism. This workshop will help participants utilize the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to teach adaptive life skills in the home, with the primary goal being to foster independence. Specifically, this workshop will provide parents & caregivers with the following: • Criteria for selecting developmentally appropriate skills • Steps to creating a task analysis for a targeted skill • Review of teaching procedures such as forward & backward chaining • Suggested prompting techniques such as graduated guidance & fading as opposed to vocal prompting • Strategies for data collection • Guidelines for utilizing escape extinction for off-task behaviors

The workshop can also be adapted to provide hands-on experience for participants.