Unlocking Social Motivation in ASD

Elevate Your Understanding and Interventions!

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Welcome to our groundbreaking course: "The Role of Social Motivation in ASD." If you're ready to deepen your understanding of social motivation and transform your interventions, you're about to embark on a transformative learning journey. Understanding and addressing social motivation is at the heart of effective interventions for individuals with ASD. In this course, you'll explore the intricacies of social motivation and gain insights that will revolutionize your approach to supporting those with ASD.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Expert-Led Learning: Benefit from the expertise of seasoned professionals who specialize in ASD interventions.

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our curated curriculum covers the critical role of social motivation in ASD.

  • Practical Application: Gain actionable strategies and interventions to implement immediately.

  • Flexible Learning: Access the course online at your convenience, wherever you are.

  • Interactive Experience: Engage in discussions, quizzes, and practical exercises for experiential learning.

Attention + Motivation = Learning!

Learn how to increase the child's attention and motivation to support engagement.

Many studies have shown us the unique ways in which children with ASD interact with the world, and have thus helped us better understand some of the learning challenges associated with ASD. The social motivation hypothesis suggests that the social reward system in the brain develops differently, resulting in children with ASD receiving limited reinforcement from social engagement. Rather than frequently seeking out others for interaction and being motivated to share experiences with others, children with ASD may prefer to spend time alone or to play near but not with others. This challenge to actively attend to and engage with others contributes to impairments in imitation, emotional sharing, and joint attention, and is a major obstacle to the child’s development of social-emotional and communicative skills. This course will discuss the social attention differences observed in children with ASD, review the social motivation theory, and outline the three components of social motivation behavior. Strategies to increase the child’s attention, imitation, and motivation are presented, as well as troubleshooting tips to support staff when things aren’t going to plan.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the social attention differences observed in young children with ASD

  • Review the research supporting the social motivation theory of ASD

  • Identify the three components of social motivation (e.g., orienting, seeking, and maintaining)

  • Implement strategies to increase social attention and motivation

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Social Motivation & ASD Course Overview

    • About Your Instructor

    • Course Syllabus

  2. 2
    • Lesson 1. Areas in Which Children with ASD Have Difficulties

    • Supplemental Material #1 About ASD

  3. 3
    • Lesson 2.0 Social Attention Differences in ASD

    • Lesson 2.1 Social Motivation and ASD

    • Lesson 2.2 Social Motivation Component Video Examples

    • Supplemental Material #1 Social Motivation Components

  4. 4
    • Lesson 3.0 Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions

    • Lesson 3.1 Fostering Engagement, Affect, and Shared Enjoyment

    • Lesson 3.2 Shared Control Strategies

    • Supplemental Material #1 Core Components of NDBIs

    • Supplemental Material #2 Strategies for Supporting Engagement

    • Supplemental Material #3 Strategies for Promoting Imitation

    • Supplemental Material #4 Shared Control Strategies

  5. 5
    • Lesson 4.0 Strategies to Maintain the Child’s Attention

    • Lesson 4.1 Managing Repetitive Play and Activities

    • Lesson 4.2 Using Motivation to Increase Communication

    • Lesson 4.3 Using a Motivation Matrix

    • Supplemental Material #1 Increase the Child's Attention

    • Supplemental Material #2 Watch for Signs of RRBs

    • Supplemental Material #3 Signs of Communicative Intent

    • Supplemental Material #4 Motivation Matrix Worksheet

  6. 6
    • Lesson 5.0 That’s a Wrap!

    • ABASpeech Podcast Episode #104

    • Additional Resource Available in Our Store: Social Engagement Treatment Goals

    • Additional Resource Available in Our Store: Inventory of Child Interests (ICI)

    • Additional Resource Available in Our Store: Inventory of Play Patterns (IPP)

  7. 7
    • Course Completion Quiz

    • Course Survey

    • Access the Certificate

    • Review the Course

Course Details

Elevate Your Impact

Enroll Today and Transform Your Interventions:

Whether you're an educator, therapist, caregiver, or professional in the field, this course empowers you to take meaningful strides in fostering social motivation and connection for individuals with ASD. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to elevate your understanding, deepen your impact, and reshape your approach to ASD interventions. Join our "The Role of Social Motivation in ASD" course and become a catalyst for positive change in the lives of those with ASD. Invest in your professional growth and embark on a journey that will redefine the way you approach social motivation and intervention. Enroll now and unlock the key to enhancing connections and promoting growth for individuals with ASD!