Autism Society of Wisconsin


2016 Fall Conference 

October 6, 2016
LaCrosse, WI

Best Western Riverfront

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

Scott Bellini, Ph.D.


The 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.

Learning Objectives for Participants

  • Increase knowledge of social and emotional functioning
  • Increase awareness of the relationship between social skill 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 skill strategies
  • Develop skills necessary to implement social skills strategies 

Speaker Bio:

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.

The Autism Society of Wisconsin has a room block with a special conference rate of $89.99 plus taxes at the Best Western Riverfront. Please call (608)781-7000 or toll free (877) 688-9260 and mention the Autism Society of Wisconsin to make a reservation. The deadline to reserve a room for the special conference rate is September 12, 2016

View the conference flyer here.