This workshop will provide an overview of Scott Bellini’s “Building Social Relationships” model, which is a five-step systematic and comprehensive framework to help guide parents and practitioners in developing and implementing social skills programming. The session will provide the foundation for the model, and cover information on how to assess social functioning and evaluate outcomes.
Bellini will share examples of social skills strategies implemented at his clinic, the Social Skills Research Center, an Indiana University-based center specializing in developing social skill interventions for youth with autism spectrum disorders.
Bellini is researching professional development outcomes for educators, anxiety disorders, and social skill interventions, including video modeling.
• Increase knowledge of social and emotional functioning
• Increase awareness of the relationship between skill deficits and social anxiety
• Develop skills necessary to assess social functioning
• Increase awareness of skill acquisition vs. performance deficits
• Increase awareness of evidence-based social skill strategies
• Develop skills necessary to implement social skills strategies
Bellini wrote “Building Social Relationships,” which was named the 2007 Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America.