Increasing Social Opportunities: Pairing Peers with Reinforcement

Most children with autism have deficits in social interaction and social communication. They can include a lack of typical reciprocal conversation, an inability to initiate or respond to social cues, and an overall void of interest in peers. If children have difficulty sharing, can’t grasp imaginative play, and don’t share common interests, making friends can seem impossible. The truth is, most children showing these deficits have not yet learned or experienced the positive effects of interacting with peers. This workshop will provide teachers, therapists, and parents with the necessary steps to create a genuine desire to interact with peers, setting the stage for more meaningful social interaction.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why many children with autism have little or no interest in peers.
  • List the benefits of pairing peers with positive reinforcement.
  • Implement the steps necessary to pair peers with positive reinforcement.
  • Discuss how to fade more complex language into peer interactions.