Peers and Play: Supporting Social Interactions of Students with Autism - Part 1

ID number
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

This presentation will provide an overview of social engagement for preschoolers with autism, describe how classroom quality can support peer interactions, and describe how evidence-based practices can support social engagement and play with peers. Evidence-based practices addressed will include reinforcement, prompting, visual supports, task analysis, and video modeling. Specific strategies with video examples will be shared. Participants will also learn about a free resource, the Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) to support the use of evidence-based practices.

Learner objectives

1. Describe social engagement.
2. Explain how classroom quality can increase social engagement.
3. Discuss how evidence-based practices (e.g. prompting, reinforcement, task analysis, visual supports) can be used to increase social engagement.

Intended audience
Administrator, Early Childhood Special and General Educator, Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist, Speech/Language Therapist
Contact hours
Gateways training stage
Training topic area
Interactions with Children, Special Needs/Inclusion
Gateways to Opportunity content area
Interactions, Relationships and Environments