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 Disorder

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.

View the conference flyer here.

Hotel Reservations

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


The deadline to register has expired. Onsite registration will be available for an additional fee. Lunch is not included for on-site registrations. If you have any questions please contact Melissa at

Conference sponsored by:

dpi partners


Call for Proposals

We are currently accepting proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference. The purpose of the Autism Society of Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is to provide a wide range of information to those affected by autism. Our goal is to provide relevant information for attendees at all levels, including those who are new to autism and those who have years of experience.

Breakout sessions take place on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 2017, lasting one hour and fifteen minutes each. We are not able to offer an honorarium or cover expenses for any presenters. Participants attending appreciate clear topic descriptions of what your session will look like. If selected, your presentation must coincide with the description provided in your proposal.

Below you will find the link to the proposal form which includes important instructions and guidelines. Please read over the materials carefully beforehand. If you are looking to submit a proposal for the BCBA CE breakout sessions, please refer to the next section below. Contact Melissa at with any questions.

Download the Call for Proposals form here OR

Complete the online form here

BCBA Call for Proposals Form

The Autism Society of Wisconsin is an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider through the BACB. If you meet the criteria listed and you'd like your proposal to be considered for a BCBA CE breakout session, please complete one of the following:

Download the BCBA Call for Proposals form here OR

Complete the online form here