Meeting Archive:
Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings

Meeting Description:

This webinar session will present strategies on how to use classroom routines and group instructional activities in inclusive settings as opportunities to facilitate positive peer social interactions and promote friendship and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 

Participants will learn how to set up the classroom environment – the physical, instructional and social environment – to enable children with ASD to develop appropriate social skills, make friends and to be effective members of a group.  The session will illustrate how a variety of child-specific interventions including using video-modeling, scripted stories social narratives and prompting strategies can be used to teach targeted social skills. 

Session Level:  Beginner

 After the session is over, you will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance
  • A 10% discount on any AbleNet AT products

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Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM CDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Padmaja Sarathy, MA, Author and Consultant
 Presenter Information
Padmaja Sarathy, Author/Educational Consultant
Speaker Photo

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Supportand also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint.

The revised book, Serving Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities: A Guide to Strategies for Successful Learning, portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities. 

She can be reached at and her website is