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Teaching Social Skills to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

4 credits

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Course Overview

This series will highlight the social characteristics associated with an autism spectrum disorder across settings. Evidence-based strategies will be described, including how to implement with fidelity. Social skills lessons will be shared including how to develop, maintain, and understand friendship skills.

  • Social Skills Section 1: Characteristics of social communication and social interaction deficits (49 minutes)
  • Social Skills Section 2: Scaffolding skills to teach social communication and interactions Language (69 minutes)
  • Social Skills Section 3: Evidence-based practices for social communication and social interaction skills (80 minutes)
  • Social Skills Section 4: Friendships: Developing, maintaining, and understanding (36 minutes)


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Characteristics of social communication and social interaction skills.
  • Scaffolding skills to teach social communication and interactions.
  • Evidence based practices for social communication and social interaction skills.
  • Using resources to start to design own lessons.

Meet the Presenter

Melissa Dubie, M.S.

Melissa is an Educational Consultant for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA), School Based Certified Provider of PEERS®,and a Certified Ziggurat Trainer. She has been working in area of special education since 1984 as a special education teacher, autism consultant, coordinator, and now an educational consultant with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington. Her knowledge and experience of working in schools has abled her to coach, guide, and empower personnel in districts to implement evidence-based practices with students on the autism spectrum. Recently, she became a school based certified provider for PEERS®, a social skills curriculum for students of all ages and is conducting groups online with secondary age students. Melissa facilitates a listserv and monthly Zoom meetings with autism leaders throughout the state of Indiana. She has written articles in the areas of applying the Ziggurat model, group work strategies, and puberty. She is the co-author of the book, Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health: A Curriculum for Teaching Adolescents/Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges. Melissa presents workshops throughout Indiana and across the country to parent support groups, professional organizations, and school districts.

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Length: 4 hours


Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community


Credit: Certificate of Attendance (4 hours)


Audience:General Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, School Psychologists, Behavior Consultants, Autism Consultants, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Assistants/Paraprofessionals, and Parents

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