Day 4. Afternoon
15.00 - 17.00 / 30 April 2024
Al-Gurm Hall
Utilizing structured long duration projects to increase motivation, adaptive functioning skills and helping build pre-vocational skills for the real world
A Case for the use of Incidental and Naturalistic Teaching strategies with group projects that will involve longer periods of time to complete with a definitive time deadline to increase motivation to participate in individualized goals in social communication, perseverance and pre-vocational skills.

This presentation explores utilizing the technology of ABA approaches to fostering holistic development and skill acquisition among children and transitional-aged youth with Autism through meaningful group projects and natural environment teaching strategies. By employing projects that span multiple days, weeks, or months, participants engage in collaborative endeavors that promote socialization, communication, and perseverance. Through these extended projects, individuals also develop crucial executive functioning and time management skills, laying the groundwork for future employment success. Moreover, the incorporation of incidental and natural environment teaching strategies ensures that individualized goals are embedded within the learning process, enhancing adaptive functioning and flexibility while increasing frustration tolerance. By embracing this comprehensive approach, educators and caregivers can cultivate a supportive environment that nurtures both social-communication and future employment pre-requisite skills while empowering individuals with Autism to thrive in diverse settings.

Through the integration of group projects and natural environment teaching methods, this presentation advocates for a dynamic practical skill based paradigm that addresses the multifaceted needs of individuals with Autism. By emphasizing the importance of collaborative endeavors and real-world application, participants learn to navigate social dynamics, communicate effectively, and persist in the face of challenges. Additionally, the cultivation of executive functioning skills and time management techniques equips individuals with the tools necessary for success in future employment and independent living. Furthermore, by fostering increased frustration tolerance and adaptive functioning, educators and caregivers empower individuals to navigate the complexities of everyday life with confidence and resilience. Through the implementation of these strategies, this presentation underscores the transformative potential of meaningful group projects and natural environment teaching methods in promoting holistic development and enhancing the quality of life for individuals with Autism.

Behavioral Health Clinic for the largest non-profit Developmental Disabilities provider in the State of Alaska (USA)
Rex Shangraw
The workshop will be held as the part of conference program.
XII International Research and Practice Conference
“Autism. Challenges and Solutions"