Building Social Relationships through Evidence Based Social Skills Programming for Youth with Autism Spectrum

All LADSE employees and our 15 member district staff and parents are welcome to attend any of our professional development activities free of charge. 

For those outside of our membership area, an event fee of $100.00 per participant will be assessed for attending.

Presenter:  Scott Bellini, Ph.D.

Date:  Friday, February 17, 2017

Time:  8:30 - 4:00 pm

Location:  Holiday Inn Conference Center, Countryside, IL

 A box lunch will be provided to all registered participants at this event.


This full-day workshop will provide an overview of the Building Social Relationships (BSR) program, a social skills instructional model developed by Dr. Bellini. The workshop integrates research on social-emotional functioning with effective strategies for teaching social skills to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The BSR program provides a systematic and comprehensive framework to guide parents and practitioners in the development and implementation of social skills programming. Participants do not need to purchase the Building Social Relationships Program to benefit from this workshop.

Learning Objectives for Participants

  • Increase knowledge of social and emotional functioning
  • Increase awareness of the relationship between social skills deficits and social anxiety
  • Develop skills necessary to assess social functioning
  • Increase awareness of skill acquisition versus performance deficits
  • Increase awareness of evidence based social skills strategies
  • Develop skills necessary to implement social skills strategies




Continuing Education


IDFPR (Continuing Education Units): Clock Hours - 7.5
Professional Development Clock Hours (ISBE): PD Clock Hours - 6


LADSE is a Continuing Education Sponsor for Social Workers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists.


Scott Bellini, PhD is the Director of the Social Skills Research Clinic (SSRC), a university based center specializing in developing and empirically examining the outcomes of social skill interventions for youth with ASD. He is also a faculty member in the School Psychology program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and an endorsed Health Services Provider in Psychology. He is currently conducting research on professional development outcomes for educators, anxiety disorders, and social skill interventions, including video modeling for youth with ASD. He has published numerous research manuscripts and has provided consultation and training to families and professionals in over 35 states on the topic of social skills programming for students with ASD. He is the author of the book, Building Social Relationships, which was named the Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America.

Holiday Inn-Countryside

6201 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL 60525

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