Teaching social skills to children and young people with autism or Asperger's

Thursday 16 April 2015

This one day training course is aimed at professionals, parents and carers. It uses practical evidence-based strategies to teach social skills in a school or home setting. It provides an insight into the barriers and obstacles that may prevent children with autism or Asperger’s from understanding and using social skills.

It was great to talk about the specific children that we teach and think about the practical strategies we could use to help them.

Head of Learning Support

Learning objectives

  • Understand the impact of autism or Asperger’s on the individual
  • Understand what ‘social skills’ are and why these are critical skills to teach children and young
    people with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s
  • Explore practical evidence-based strategies to teach social skills to children and young people with autism or Asperger’s.

Suitable for

  • Parent and carers
  • Professionals
  • People with autism


Jessica Aviles – Senior Behaviour Analyst

Jessica Aviles received her MS in Counselling with an emphasis in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from the California State University, Los Angeles. After working and consulting in home, clinic, and school settings in California she moved to London in 2010 and began working at TreeHouse School. For the last 10 years, Jessica has worked extensively with parents, carers, educators and individuals with autism and other related developmental disabilities to improve the quality of life for those affected by the condition. She presented her research on decreasing self-injurious behaviour at the Applied Behaviour Analysis International Conference in May 2013.

  • BA in Psychology
  • MS in Counselling, emphasis in Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)

Janet Whiley – Senior Behaviour Analyst

Janet has been working in the field of autism education and Applied Behaviour Analysis for the past 12 years. She has gained extensive experience in designing, implementing and supervising ABA provision for children and young adults with autism. Janet is passionate about meaningful choice making for young people with autism. She has presented her research on choice making for children with autism and limited communication skills at the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour conference in London (April 2013) and at Applied Behaviour Analysis International conference in Chicago (May 2014).

  • MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • BSc in Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Developmental Disabilities
  • BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)


This course runs from 9.30am until 3.30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration.


The Pears National Centre for Autism Education, Woodside Avenue, London, N10 3JA. See How to find us for full directions and a map.

Course fees

  • Parents and carers: £55
  • Professionals: £100

How to book

Please download and complete the booking form (DOC 50KB) and email it to the Training Team at training@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk or you can mail it to the address provided on the form.

Further information

For further information, or if you have any queries about the course, please contact the Training Team on 020 8815 5166 or email training@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

Related downloads:

file icon Training Booking Form (DOC 50KB)