CAHELP Guide of Professional Learning Courses

Meeting the Social Communication Needs of Individuals with Autism AUTISM

For more information or to register for this training, visit the CAHELP OMS Calendar:

Social communication is defined as knowing how to talk and interact with others, often referred to as pragmatics. Autism is characterized as having deficits in social communication. This course will focus on explaining how social communication deficits may present, some of the challenges individuals can face in their daily interactions with others at home, in the community, or in the classroom and what can be done to support these individuals. Specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) that support the development of skills and the understanding of social situations will be discussed. Throughout the training participants will engage in hands on activities and analyze videos to help better understand the content being presented. By the end of the training, participants will be able to give at least two explanations for social communication challenges, how they present in various environments, and identify at least two EBPs to support skill development.

Intended Audience

Special education teachers, general education teachers, paraprofessionals, service providers, parents, and clinicians

LCAP Priorities

 JENNIFER ROUNTREE PROGRAM SPECIALIST – (760) 646-8000 x288 # 03:00 Hours

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For more information or to register for this training, visit the CAHELP OMS Calendar: PEERS - Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills AUTISM

PEERS is a 16-week program, focused on the development of specific social skills related to making and keeping friends. The program includes both a teen class as well as a weekly class for social coaches. Social coaches are taught weekly what skills the teens are working on and how they can best support the teen practice and implement the specific social skills outside of the weekly classes. Teens participate in the lesson related to specific social skills, followed by opportunities to practice the skills being addressed, and are assigned homework to complete between sessions to practice the new skills. Lessons cover topics such as starting and ending conversations, finding common interests with others, using electronic communication, and having get-togethers. If interested, please complete the PEERS referral to start the process.

Intended Audience

Adolescents with autism and family/social coaches.

LCAP Priorities

 JENNIFER ROUNTREE PROGRAM SPECIALIST – (760) 646-8000 x288 # 01:30 Hours

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Achievement, Parent Involvement

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