Teaching Perspective Taking and Other Social Skills through Popular Media #recorded


Instructor: Frank R. Cicero, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Duration: 84 minutes of instruction self-paced

1.5 General Learning Type BACB® CEU provided upon course completion – full course description below




**This course will provide the participant with 1.5 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**

Description of Learning Type CE Event: Theory of mind and perspective-taking abilities are often issues with clients who are on the autistic spectrum or who have other social skills concerns. Although behavior analytic techniques can be effective in teaching these skills, it has been found that using popular media (feature films, television shows, and other video-based media) may enhance instruction, for some clients, when used in a planned and structured way. The current webinar will discuss how popular media may be used to enhance instruction for a variety of goal areas, including emotion recognition, perspective taking, recognizing consent and nonconsent, identifying risky social behaviors, problem-solving, etc. Examples of media-based teaching lessons will be presented.

About the Instructor: Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst, and board-certified behavior analyst with over 25 years of experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, pediatric/school psychology, and education. He received his master’s degree in school psychology from St. John’s University and his doctoral degree in educational psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Cicero is currently an assistant professor and ABA program director for Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Psychological Services for the Eden II Programs, an applied behavior analysis agency in the New York City area serving children and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Cicero has served on and for the board of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis since 2000 in various positions, including President of the Board in 2015 and 2016. He currently sits on the Board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) and the Affiliate Chapters Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Dr. Cicero continues a private practice for pediatric psychology and ABA, as well as conducts program consultations in best practice treatment for autism, developmental disabilities, and problem behavior. Dr. Cicero frequently conducts workshops and trainings nationally on a variety of topics within his fields of expertise, including treatment of problem behavior, sexual education for individuals with ASD, toilet training, and ethical practice of behavior analysis.

Target Audience: Any Behavior Analyst® who works with humans who have penises, particularly those whose clients are of pubertal or post-puberty ages.

Learning Objectives for Participants: As a result of this course, participants will be able to …

  • Describe how deficits in theory of mind and perspective-taking lead to social skills conflicts in real-life situations.
  • Describe how a perspective-taking lesson may be enhanced through the use of popular media.
  • List three things that must be considered before using popular media to enhance an ABA teaching procedure.

Disclaimer: Always remember that taking a CEU, even a multi-hour CEU is NOT enough to demonstrate competency in the content related to the CEU. It is YOUR responsibility to seek out supervision/consultation with the presenter and/or a subject matter expert (SME). The CBS/CBS-C certification is a SUB-field certification designed for the sub-field of SBA it does NOT lead to licensure of its own. Thus to practice with this certification, you’d have to be a BCBA® or BCaBA® via the BACB® and/or certified in your particular state as a Licensed Behavior Analyst.