Social Intervention for Elementary Students with ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects one out of 54 children by eight years old. In the school context, students with ASD often require intervention to increase social skills and improve anxiety, attention, oppositional behavior, etc. One evidence-based intervention program called schoolMAX — developed by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) in Buffalo, NY — has proven to improve the social functioning of elementary-age students with ASD and intact cognitive and language skills. This course will teach you how to implement the five core schoolMAX program components in your local setting.

In this course, you will:

  • Identify aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the evidence-based schoolMAX program
  • Plan how you will implement the five key components of the schoolMAX program in your local setting (i.e., social skills groups, therapeutic activities, individualized daily notes, face-emotion recognition curricula, and parent/educator training groups).
  • Develop a lesson plan for a therapeutic activity.
  • Create an individualized daily note and reflect upon the process and outcome.

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SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?

Support Staff

What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

Course Partner

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual