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Season 1 Episode 1

Assessing and teaching play & social skills in natural ways with an emphasis on generalization is tough! Listen in to get in on the ground floor and become part of this learning journey. The mission is to do better when it comes to assessing skills and selecting and implementing interventions to develop pure play & natural, fluid social interactions. What is pure play, really and what on earth is the difference between a social skills repertoire and being "skilled socially"?

Season 1 Episode 2

What are social skills and why does establishing a working definition matter? Have you ever said, "they're not ready for social skills" or have had someone say that to you? Maybe there is just a miscommunication about exactly what you're talking about when you use the general term social skills. Social Skills are comprised of a multitude of complex skills, but we start interacting & engaging our first day in the world! Tune in to establish your own conceptualization of social skills.

Season 1 Episode 3

n typically developing children, play emerges and develops without explicit, systematic instruction. In children with an autism diagnosis, play is often described as absent or restricted. Behavior analysts have the skill set to teach play, but a working definition of what play actually is, will be a critical first step. Play is not work. This episode defines pure play and outlines how that is different than just using/manipulating toys. Learn about the features of pure play and how to start recognizing those characteristics and observing them in your clients and learners, to progress toward the development of play skills that are maintained by automatic reinforcement and readily generalized to other settings with a goal of building higher level social skills in later development.


Avoiding Teaching Play?

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Season 1 Episode 4

Assessment drives goal development. Many children with autism present with splintered skill sets. How can we determine what's most socially significant to target with a goal of increasing opportunities to socialize with others. young children's most common & natural opportunities for socialization is through play. This episode presents some commercially available tools for assessing play as well as a framework for structured observation which provides loads of information to inform goal development.

Play Skills Checklist: RedLeaf Press
"The Play Ladder": Scheflen, Freedman & Paparella, UCLA


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Season 1 Episode 5

In this episode we continue the conversation on assessing play skills by introducing 2 additional resources to assist in understanding the developmental sequence and hierarchy of play skills development to better assess and identify goals related to early social responding, social communication & play.

Advancing Social Communication and Play: An intervention for Preschoolers with Autism (ASAP) University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill (2011)

Dr. Parten's 6 Stages of Play (USOPAC)

Let's Play! E-course http://www.MCOnlineLearming.com

Season 1 Episode 6

This final part of the 3 part series on assessing play ties together what was discussed in prior episodes, emphasizes the need for assessment in order to develop appropriate goals, and outlines Dr. Parten's 6 stages of play. The 6 stages are briefly defined and suggestions for collecting data on social play engagement are provided.

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Season 1 Episode 7

This is our very first "Fun Friday!" episode where give you an example of a game or activity we did to target a variety of social skills.

Today's episode is about snowball catapults and how we used this activity to target a wide range of executive functioning skills, requesting help/assistance & working together as a team, to name a few.

You will be provided a framework for how to approach activity selection and lesson planning to account for individual goals & objectives as well as preferences, as well as hear a complete step by step description of how to implement he activity with your learner(s) from start to finish.

Download the free resources to accompany the lesson at http://www.Mission-Cognition-Share.com

Season 1 Episode 8

This episode highlights the importance and value of knowing your learners beyond checklists, goals & reports. How we view, interact with and talk about our learners matters regardless of what setting you work in, the population you serve, or your area of specialization. This episode provides a framework for that thought process and sets a foundation for later assessment & goal identification.

Guest Spots . . .

Thanks to these phenomenal hosts for inviting our Mission Cognition founder, Ashley Rose, on to chat about various aspects of social skills development and intervention. Take a listen!