Social Skills for Autism at Inner Circle
Build meaningful connections with Inner Circle’s social skills teaching for autism. Our program enhances social interactions and relationships.
The Importance of Social Skills for Individuals With Autism
Children with autism may need additional social communication support to help them overcome challenges interacting with others.
From initiating interactions to responding to their name to understanding body language and facial expressions, building a solid foundation of social skills is essential for any child to build relationships with those around them and achieve independence in their life.
What is Social Skills Teaching for Autism?
ABA therapy is an evidence-based and scientific approach to helping children with autism learn and develop social skills.
Through positive interactions and social experiences guided by the principles of behavior analysis, ABA therapy helps children learn positive social and communication skills, while working through challenging behaviors that impact social development.
Key components include play-based interactions, one-on-one with a therapist or in a small group setting, that teach children social awareness skills and positive interactions with others and their environment.
Benefits of Social Skills Teaching for Individuals With Autism
Social skills teaching improves the communication and social skills required for positive interactions in social and learning situations.
Verbal and nonverbal communication skills greatly impact a child’s ability to develop friendships and build positive relationships with others around them.
The development of these skills leads to greater self-confidence in social situations, as children are better able to advocate for themselves and communicate their needs through positive social interactions.
Our Approach to Social Skills Teaching at Inner Circle Autism Network
Teaching social skills at Inner Circle begins with a personalized assessment and goal-setting for each child. We believe every child is unique and requires an ABA program tailored to their strengths and needs.
Social skills teaching incorporates one-on-one training with a therapist as well as small group settings and activities. Both options are designed as part of a supportive and inclusive environment that fosters trust and creates an ideal learning environment for children with autism.
Meet Inner Circle’s Experienced BCBAs
BCBA | Springdale
Madison grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and moved to Nashville, Tennessee after earning her Bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas. She earned her graduate degree from Arizone State University.
She lived in Nashville for six years, where she found her passion for ABA, after nannying a child with autism.
Madison moved back to Arkansas in 2021 to be closer to her family. She lives in Greenland with her boyfriend and dog, Omaha. She enjoys hiking and country concerts, and has a passion for early intervention and toilet training.
BCBA | Edmond
Maddie is a licensed behavior analyst in Oklahoma and joined Inner Circle as a BCBA at the Edmond location. Her educational background is in psychology and ABA, and she has experience providing education in an elementary setting. She has been in the field of ABA since 2020 and brings valuable experience as a BCBA.
Some of Maddie's passions in the field include fostering effective communication among the children, training staff, and making a positive impact on families' everyday lives.
Outside of work, Maddie enjoys being a proud dog mom to Elle, her Boston terrier!
BCBA | Jonesboro
Lily C. Darnell became a BCBA in 2013. Lily received her undergraduate training at the University of Florida, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2010. She was accepted into graduate school at the University of Maryland, where she completed her practicum at the Kennedy Krieger Institute – Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. Lily graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with her master’s degree in human services psychology in 2013.
After graduating, Lily became the first BCBA for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Disorders. Lily worked for many years in the community and served as the Clinical Director of the Arc of Alachua County in Florida.
She has presented research on a national level at multiple professional conferences. Additionally, Lily is a published author on the topic of behavior analysis.
BCBA | Little Rock
Jodie Davenport is a BCBA at our Little Rock location. Jodie comes to Inner Circle with an educational background in Special Education focusing on multiple disabilities. She became a BCBA in 2010 after years of working in special education classrooms.
Some of Jodie’s passions in the field include functional living skills, child led learning, mentoring new BCBAs and compassionate ABA.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time outside with her dog and practicing yoga.
BCBA | Springdale
Grace comes to Inner Circle with an educational background in psychology, child learning and development, applied cognition and neuroscience, and ABA. Grace has been in the field of ABA since 2016, bringing experience from a variety of settings as a BCBA. Some of Grace’s passions in the field include adaptive living skills and functional communication training.
Grace uses the science of ABA to work toward happy and independent lives for all of her clients. Outside of work, Grace enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, Jax!
BCBA | Oklahoma City
Lexis is a BCBA in the state of Oklahoma who has an extensive educational background in psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Some of Lexi's passions in the field include collaboration, increasing independence and autonomy, parent and staff training, and participating in continuing education opportunities. Outside of work, Lexi enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dog Poncho.
BCBA | Bentonville
Prior to becoming a BCBA, Jessica spent 8 years as a special education teacher in Kansas working with middle and high school aged students.
She started in the field of ABA as an RBT in 2019 and earned her BCBA in 2021. She has worked in a variety of settings with clients between the ages of 3 and 18. She enjoys collaborating with staff and parents through ongoing training, using a naturalistic teaching approach to help clients develop daily living skills as well as teaching functional communication. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outside with her family and traveling.
BCBA | Jonesboro
Mallory Shelton is from Jonesboro, Arkansas, where she works as a BCBA. Mallory Attended Arkansas State University for her undergraduate degree in exercise science. Mallory then attended Ouachita Baptist University, where she received her master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Mallory started in the field of ABA as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for two years in Little Rock before joining the Inner Circle team as a BCBA in 2022, where she has been able to continue growing her passion for helping others and improving the lives of the families she serves.
For Mallory, each child she works with gives her the inspiration to continue with her dedication to families who need support. Outside of work you can find her working in her flower beds and spending time with her family at the lake.
From initial conversations centered around your family’s needs to individualized goals that measure real progress, see what a journey with Inner Circle Autism Network looks like.
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