Objectives

Users of this course will be able to:

  • Understand the history of the ASD Diagnosis and how that informs goal selection and teaching strategies

  • Understand of the many modalities of teaching social skills, from 1:1 to group teaching formats, and how to build an individualized curriculum across each modality

  • Understand social skill goal development, including short-term & long-term goal development; how to incorporate variables of age and developmental appropriateness, and the number and quality of opportunities for meaningful and practical generalization

  • Engage in discussion on the future direction of social skills curriculum development & teaching individuals with ASD

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • Welcome!

    • Code Words

    • Downloads for the course

  • 2

    Videos

    • Session #1

    • Session #1 Q/A

    • Session #2

    • Session #2 Q/A

    • Session #2 Q/A

  • 3

    Last steps

    • Code Words

    • Completion Survey

Instructor

Kelly Bermingham

MA BCBA

Kelly Bermingham has been practicing in the field of ABA for 25 years. She received her BCBA in 2003. She is a published author who specializes in Early Intervention Program Development and Social Skills. She has completed research and written several blogs for Autism Speaks during her time at UCI. Kelly specializes in helping teen clients who struggle specifically with challenges in sex and puberty. She’s done loads of research to understand the obstacles that they face and what makes things so difficult for them in this area. She’s proficient at getting to the core of any issue that comes up and does her utmost to help her clients overcome their hardships. Kelly Bermingham has been practicing in the field of ABA for 27 years! She received her BCBA in 2003. She is a published author who specializes in Early Intervention Program development and helping clients with social skills. She partnered with Janis Krempa in writing the book "Social Skills Solutions- A Hands-On Manual for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism." which has become a ‘go-to’ resource for educators, parents and professionals to teach social skills to children with autism. She has completed research and written several blogs for Autism Speaks during her time at UCI. Kelly is an ESDM certified therapist and a PEERS certified therapist. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President at Peoples Care Behavioral Health. She created and taught BACB coursework for Chapman University as an adjunct professor for 6 years. She is on the board of several organizations including the September 26th project, Code the Spectrum and KindandSafe schools anti-bullying program. She helped found a school for middle school & high school children on the Autism Spectrum: New Vista School as well as a sports league for children with autism: Spirit League. She was on the Autism Spectrum Taskforce Created by Senator Correa from 2004-2006. Kelly has spent her career working and supporting families, children, schools and therapists on best practice, evidence-based services with a goal from moving from 1:1 learning to group learning. She is experienced in understanding and working with severe/profound autism. She is co-leader of the Profound autism SIG and Caregiver collaboration SIG as part of our CASP membership. .Kelly is well-versed in the latest research on ASD. She’s professional in her practice, while also being warm, friendly and genuinely caring for the well-being of her clients.

Janis Krempa

BCBA

Janis' introduction to behavior analysis began over 25 years ago in 1994 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1996, after an invitation from Dr. Ivaar Lovass, she moved to Los Angeles to work at The Lovaas Institute at UCLA. Relocating to Boston in 1997, Janis earned her Master's degree in Education and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State in 2003. She began partnering with families, professionals, and school districts to provide ABA services, conduct program evaluations, and run social skills groups for children and young adults. She also consults for schools, conducts curriculums and behavior assessments. Janis develops IEPs as well as transition and vocational training programs and creates community workshops and parent training. Partnering with Kelly McKinnon-Bermingham, she co-authored "Social Skills Solutions- A Hands-On Manual for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism." It quickly became a "go-to" resource for educators, parents, and professionals to teach social skills to children with autism. Janis also began consulting to an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents through Northwell Health, N.Y., and provided supervision for prospective BCBA and BCaBa candidates. In her career, Janis has been inspired by incredibly talented professionals and dedicated parents and families of her clients. She uses her passion to contribute to the field of behavior analysis by advocating awareness of the requisite "soft skills''. This includes effective communication, collaboration skills, and professional development as foundational building blocks in achieving excellence in ABA services. In 2019, Janis started “Building Steps Forward” a unique and much needed program to help young adults with ASD learn targeted communication and social skills. This helps them to perform their “personal best” with family, friends and at work, moving towards independence and social success. There’s so much that you’ll gain from Janis’s extensive, varied experience in her work as a BCBA.

Reviews

5 star rating

VERY informative and helpful!

I thoroughly enjoyed this course (both sessions) and could personally relate to many of the topics!

I thoroughly enjoyed this course (both sessions) and could personally relate to many of the topics!

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Katrina McHugh

5 star rating

Great discussions, resources and material!

Pushwinder Raghvani

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