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Episode #009: Autism Social Skills from Assessment to Intervention with Shayna Gaunt
Can you imagine if someone stood over you and evaluated your behavior with a clipboard while you were trying to act natural? Organically evaluating your student or client’s progress while they participate in group activities can be a challenge, but it’s one that Shayna Gaunt happily takes on.
There are a variety of assessments that are available to use to help you figure out where a student is at, and Shayna often combines assessments because none of them are completely perfect. She’s rewritten the VB-MAPP to help with some of the more abstract skills that students have to learn, and she shares with me how she creates groups for in-person or telehealth therapy sessions.
Shayna and I know that it can be lonely and overwhelming for therapists, especially since so many of us are virtual now. I am so excited to announce The ABA Forum, which will be a free virtual conference for SLPs, RBTs, and ABA therapists to help give them resources to support their clients. On March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, we invite you to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm for a chance to network with other experts. And while this event is free to attend, CEUs will be available to purchase if you need them.
- When putting together a group session, a certain level of independence is needed before a group will benefit the student.
- Social skills can mean a wide variety of skills, from ordering something from McDonald’s to standing in line at school.
- Learn how to obtain CEUs through The ABA Forum on March 2nd-4th.
With over 20 years in the field of ABA, Shayna is a master program developer. She has a unique knack for finding the practical application of ABA to real-life so that the interventions are doable and successful! She has been a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) since 2005 and is the cofounder of HowtoABA. She has international experience providing clinical expertise and training workshops to clients throughout Canada and the US, as well as Costa Rica, England, Egypt, and Qatar.
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