Social Skills Groups are common, particularly for clients on the Autism Spectrum or those with social anxieties. What is lacking from these standard interventions is efficacy, structure, and fun. Social Skills Groups are not intended to be punitive, but many clients express they don't like attending, and it is rare that knowledge obtained in Social Skills Groups is actually obtained and efficaciously applied outside of the class setting. What if, instead, therapists and educators utilized games more frequently, building upon the already existing interests of group members, and getting them engaged in reciprocal play, conversation, and valued experiences that they are more likely to learn from and apply outside of class? This presentation is geared at helping professionals work the common goals of Social Skills curriculums into a more loose and fun format that is demonstrably effective.
Nicholas A. Maio-Aether, MSPSY, BCBA, LBA is a [Sexual] Behavior Analyst and a Systemic Sex Therapist, working with clients of all backgrounds, sexualities, genders, and relationship dynamics. He utilizes common techniques and less conventional, more modern ones, such as the use of gaming, particularly RPGs, as ways of connecting with clients and bringing the therapy to a place where it is not only helpful, but enjoyable and relatable, applicable and generalizable. Nicholas is the only Behavior Analyst to have completed a 350-hour supervised practicum in Sex Therapy, and is set to certify as a Sex Therapist upon completion of his second licensure program in MFT, expected for completion in August of 2021. At that point, he will be the first BCBA in the world to have obtained the combination of these 3 credentials, and thus has already begun speaking and training at state, national and international levels. Nicholas is currently a contributor for HIV.net and SexEdContinuingEd. He oversees training of BCBAs in sexuality statewide in Missouri, is on the Bylaws Committee for AASECT and owns Empowered: A Center for Sexuality LLC in Saint Louis, where he and his team have served individuals, couples, and families from around the US. Additionally, he is a Type-II CEU provider for BCBAs and utilizes his agency as a training center for aspiring [Sexual] Behavior Analysts. He supervises certified professionals and practicum students in ABA, emphasizing individuality, human rights, and cultural competency.
A Comparison of Gaming Potentials and Common Social Skills Curriculums
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