Thursday, October 26, 2017

Developing Social Skills

I am fortunate enough to have a ABA (applied behavior analysis) intern in my classroom this year.  
She is fantastic with the students and implements programmes to help shape behavior or teach new skills.

Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. 

Stacey (ABA intern) set up a video modelling programme to show James how to interact appropriately in the playground. He watches this as often as possible, usually before playtime. 

As i also wanted to focus on social skills this term as part of my inquiry i made some resources to work alongside Staceys programme. There are some fantastic resources on the website "" which is where i got these from. First he reads a social story on how to be a good friend and then has to sort the scenarios into piles of "good friend" and "bad friend".
James completes these activities as part of his morning work box each day. James can sometimes become obsessed with negative behavior however he appears to be responding well to both the video and the resources. Check out the video of him below...

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