Complex Social Behavior: Teaching Perspective Taking, Empathy, and Being a Good Listener

Complex Social Behavior: Teaching Perspective Taking, Empathy, and Being a Good Listener

Being socially savvy involves not only simple responses such as making eye contact when speaking to another, imitating the behavior of others, and initiating conversations, but also more complex responses such as taking the perspective of others, empathizing with others, and being a good listener. Children with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulties with simple and complex social behavior. There is a growing body of behavior analytic research that can guide teaching of the simple, early social skills; however, when it comes to more complex social behavior, research is limited. Although research on complex social behavior is limited, as behavior analysts, we have the tools to operationalize and analyze the function of complex behavior, break it down into necessary component skills, and use what we know about evidence-based interventions to create guidelines for clinical practice. In this presentation, I will give examples of conducting functional analyses of perspective taking, empathy, and being a good listener and will share some recent research and clinical recommendations for teaching each of these complex social behaviors to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Learning Objectives for this session

  1. Audience members will distinguish between simple and complex social behaviors 
  2. Audience members will identify effective strategies for teaching complex social behaviors
  3. Audience members will discuss component skills involved in more complex social behaviors




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