Behavior Analytic Approaches to teaching social skills for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

Two days online workshop online by: Justin B. Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Co-Director of Research and Director of Training for Autism Partnership Foundation and Professor at Endicott College.

Date: Friday 11/03 and Saturday 12/03 2022, from 3 to 9 PM CET.

12 learning CEU for BCBA e BCaBA certificated people.

Please note that for administrative purposes, workshop attendance is reserved to members of the association Pane e Cioccolata, for this reason a €20 registration fee will be required. Please put in your cart the “Iscrizione associazione…” product and complete the order for both.

Bio: Justin received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Currently, Justin leads the research team at Autism Partnership Foundation, which conducts research nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors for children and adolescents with autism and developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Justin has over 100 publications in either peer reviewed journals, books, or book chapters and has presented at both national and international professional conferences and invited events. Justin also recently edited a book entitled Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Assessment, Curricula, and Intervention, and have co-authored two books entitled Clinical Judgment and The Autism Partnership Method: Social Skills Groups. Justin is an Associate Editor for Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Justin also serves or has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Behavior analysts who provide or oversee interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Experience providing social skills interventions is not necessary, but may assist in understanding some of the content covered in this workshop.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by deficits in social behavior, including, but not limited to, social communication, interaction, and reciprocity. To address these deficits, there are a myriad of social skills interventions available to the behavior analyst. It is essential for behavior analysts to have a firm understanding of effective social skills interventions, meaningful social curriculum, as well as the skills necessary to identify social skills interventions that lack empirical support and may be ineffective or harmful. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce practicing behavior analysts to the empirical evidence of several popular social skills interventions, provide information on how to develop meaningful social curriculum, and provide examples of how to identify and research potentially pseudoscientific interventions.

The presenter will use video examples throughout the entire 2 day workshop.


At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. identify and describe several evidence-based social skills interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD
  2. identify and describe at least two commonly used social skills interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD that lack empirical support or align closely to a pseudoscience
  3. describe various social behaviors that can be taught and effective ways to teach them.
  4. describe findings from the latest research on DTT as it relates to social behavior.
  5. describe findings from the latest research on cool versus not cool as it relates to social behavior.
  6. describe findings from the latest research on teaching interaction procedure as it relates to social behavior.
  7. describe findings from the latest research on social skills groups as it relates to social behavior.