Social Engagement and the Steps to Being Social - Counselling

Social Engagement and the Steps to Being Social


Social Engagement & the Steps to Being Social is a unique, visual and easy to use model developed to guide assessment and intervention across age groups and severity levels for individuals with ASD. The model breaks pivotal social skills into smaller steps that are easily measured and targeted for growth. This one-day course (delivered in two half days) includes lecture, and video as well as breakout group discussion and problem solving. Evidence based practices which best match specific skill sets will be reviewed for each component of the model. This fast-paced training will emphasize personal connection and practical application.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • What brings us together today?
    • Why is teaching social skills so important?
    • How do we learn social skills?
    • Basics of the model
  • Foundation
    • Components of the Foundation
    • Video and discussion
    • Strategies for promoting social engagement
  • Evidenced Based Practices
    • Overview
    • Practices linked to the Social Steps model
  • The Steps to Being Social
    • The Skills Sets
      • Lower 4 + video and discussion
      • Middle 4 + video and discussion
      • Upper 4 + video and discussion
  • Assessment
    • How the Social Steps Assessment can help
    • Snapshot of the Sub-Skill
  • Case Discussions/Future Planning

Course Objectives

  1. Give two reasons why social skills are critical to outcomes for individuals with ASD.
  2. Name four components of social engagement.
  3. Describe at least three of the Steps to Being Social.
  4. Identify at least five evidence-based practices effective for teaching social skills.
  5. Link the four Skill Sets to specific evidence-based practices.
  6. Make a plan to use the model as a guide to assessment and intervention for social skill development

Who Can Benefit?

Mainstream and special needs educators (all ages), childcare providers, therapists, behavior analysts, administrators, support staff

Providers Terms

  1. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis and course fees must be paid prior to closing date to reserve a place.
  2. Payment of fees is not a guarantee for the event to be staged as planned. Should the event be cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be made to all registered participants and no other claims are allowed. The organizer disclaims responsibility should any change in the event occur for any reason.
  3. Participants to the course are not allowed to split registration for different persons.
  4. For 1 full day seminar, only one set of meal entitlement per day shall be given to the registered participants. For half day seminar, only coffee and tea will be provided.
  5. Food served will be “no pork and no lard”.
  6. No refund of fees for participant cancellations including medical leave but substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences.
  7. Registration will be taken as confirmed upon receipt of payment or issuance of invoice. Any cancellation will not be allowed. However, substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment must be received by due date, before attendance of training.
  8. All information provided in this form is accurate up to the closing date of normal registration.
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Normal Rate$255Closed


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Contact Hours:

8.0 hrs


Mon, 05 December 2022

Start Time:

9:00 AM


2 Morning Sessions


Live Online Training






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Bridging Talents



Kathleen “Mo” Taylor


Kathleen “Mo” Taylor, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with a 35-year history of working with children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mo is the owner and lead therapist at Theraplay and adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico Department of Occupational Therapy. Mo provides therapy and consultation for people with ASD across the life span, facilitating sensory/social groups and consulting within the community to help provide appropriate supports and accommodations for individuals with ASD in classroom, workplace, camp, home and clinical settings. She has shared her experiences through trainings around New Mexico, nationally and internationally. Her career has been devoted to better “real life” outcomes for all individuals. Mo is the co-author of Social Engagement & the Steps to Being Social.


Marci Laurel

BSc (Logopaedics) UCT, MAud SA CCP

Marci Laurel is a speech-language pathologist with the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs. Marci has practiced in Albuquerque for 40 years providing direct services, consultation, training, and student supervision in public school, private practice and university settings. She has had many opportunities to give presentations around New Mexico as well as nationally and internationally on topics related to sensory processing and communication, family issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Marci is the co-author of several related publications, most recently, Our Hearts’ Desire: For Families Navigating the Journey of Sensory Processing Challenges and Social Engagement ≈ the Steps to Being Social.

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