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Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Employment
Helping Learners Prepare for Social Demands in the Workplace

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ISBN 9781032318929
April 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive curriculum on essential job-related social skills which will aid educators, job coaches, behavior specialists, and other professionals to improve employment outcomes of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

The curriculum guides instructors through an objective behavioral assessment of critical, social, and problem-solving skills, and provides a framework for identifying individualized, effective teaching strategies using a response-to-intervention approach. This book will present a vocational social skills curriculum that is divided into two parts: The Vocational Social Skills Assessment Protocol (VSSA) and the VSS Intervention Protocol (VSSI). Chapters explore skills such as conducting the VSSA and VSSI, collecting data for the VSSA, interpreting VSSA and VSSI results.

With a focus on evidence-based interventions that may be practical for supervisors to implement on the job site, this curriculum is designed to foster positive relations in the workplace and promote long-term employment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Overview of the Vocational Social Skills Assessment (VSSA) and the Vocational Social Skills Intervention (VSSI) Protocols 3. A Brief Applied Behavior Analysis Primer 4. Conducting the VSSA 5. Collecting Data for the VSSA 6. Summarizing and Interpreting VSSA Results 7. VSSA Case Examples 8. Setting Up the VSSI Protocol 9. Conducting the VSSI 10. Monitoring and Interpreting VSSI Outcomes 11. Maintenance and Generalization 12. VSSI Case Examples 13. Where to Go From Here? Concluding Comments

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Dorothea Lerman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, where she directs the master’s program in behavior analysis and serves as Director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.