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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model: (ages 5 - young adult)
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This course is designed to teach professionals and parents the social learning frameworks, concepts, and strategies needed to guide others toward improved social processing and social competencies. Conference attendees will gain new insights into the power of their own social-emotional intelligence as they explore their social motivations and how they process and respond to social information. We will dissect hidden social rules, contemplate how social expectations change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social competencies and affects how students interpret and respond to social-academic information and assignments. Social Thinking has developed a large range of treatment* strategies—and attendees will walk away with a number of them, including approaches for helping students avoid “the blurt,” cope with boring moments, and develop conversational language.


Much of the day will focus on the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition. ILAUGH is an acronym for Initiating Communication, Listening with Eyes and Brain, Abstract and Inferential Thinking, Understanding Perspective, Getting the Big Picture, and Humor & Human Relatedness. The ILAUGH model demonstrates not only why people with social learning challenges have weaker social abilities but also how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension, and organizational skills. As we wrap up the day, we will explore how to teach at the roots—and not through the leaves—of Social Thinking’s Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write realistic IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information in this course applicable to all students as it pertains to social-emotional learning, and audiences around the world love that it furthers their own social-emotional insights!


* Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies : (ages 5 - young adult)
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We begin the day by exploring how to better understand the minds of individuals with social learning challenges when traditional standardized tests fall short. We introduce the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment (ST-IDA), a series of tasks with corresponding templates described in Michelle Garcia Winner's book Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition. The dynamic tasks included in the ST-IDA examine the way the individual approaches social communication, executive functioning, and problem solving in real time. The ST-IFA can be a useful tool for initial or three-year testing and can provide valuable insight to all members of the educational or support team.


Results of the ST-IDA can help to uncover the link between social thinking challenges and social and academic learning. We provide a detailed checklist for two assessment tasks, which serves as a catalyst to guide more meaningful observations. Deeper observations, in turn, lead to developing more meaningful treatment* programs. Discussion related to the video footage of the informal assessment tasks will highlight how stakeholders (i.e., parents, diagnosticians, paraprofessionals, teachers, counselors, therapists, etc.) can work more effectively with those we aim to help. Parents and professionals applaud the highly practical nature of this workshop.


In the afternoon, we will review three (3) practical treatment frameworks. The first, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM), is a visual framework that teaches social responsibility by highlighting that social expectations occur in a given context based on the situation and people. SBM enables individuals to discover what is expected or unexpected in a social situation while also learning the impact their behavior has on others’ feelings. How others feel about our behavior also impacts how they treat us and ultimately affects our own feelings! SBM has been widely adopted for use with all ages. This core Social Thinking treatment framework reflects our cognitive behavioral teaching style. Audience members will create their own Social Behavior Map as part of the training.


Next, we explain maintaining successful friendships through a visual treatment framework called the Friendship Pyramid. We will delve into what it means to be a friend, including the differences between being friendly, developing a friendship, and having a bonded friend. We will also discuss how conversational skills are only one component of friendship, considering how hanging out can mean we share space without necessarily talking.


For individuals with strong social self-awareness, but nuanced social learning challenges, social anxiety commonly emerges as another factor to be considered in treatment. We share how we teach social competencies and social anxiety management with the visual treatment framework using the Spiral of Social Success and the Spiral of Social Failure.


To round out the day, we will describe a four-phase social competency pathway to guide our students as they engage in a social learning process. We will also discuss treatment tips for different types of social learners.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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Executive Functioning: Tackle Homework and Classwork with these Helpful Strategies!: (ages 10 - young adult)
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The majority of individuals with social learning challenges have difficulty developing the organizational skills needed to manage the increasingly complex expectations of life in upper elementary, middle, and high school, and into their adult years. Our organizational abilities emerge from executive functioning skills that are expected to develop with minimal instruction. Not surprisingly, identifying motivation, knowing how to get started on a project, and managing time across a variety of homework assignments can feel overwhelming—even for the most intellectually sharp individuals. The impact of poor organizational skills is immense; it affects outcomes in school, at work, and at home. People with poor organizational skills and limited motivation are often referred to as lazy, but the truth is their behaviors are more likely the result of a neurologically based executive functioning weaknesses than a lack of desire to be competent in their work. Often, relatively little support is provided by parents and teachers to guide individuals to develop these critical skills—and even those who want to help are not sure where to begin.


In this course, we explore key executive functioning skills and practical strategies to help individuals track and tackle homework and other deadline-based responsibilities. Discover two types of organizational skills: static and dynamic. Dissect dynamic organizational skills into 10 steps that are critical to the completion of any homework assignment. Learn an educational strategy aligned with each step and receive an extensive take-home handout to support this teaching method.


This course has been enthusiastically received by parents, counselors, mainstream and special education teachers, administrators, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and others. As with most Social Thinking courses, hands-on activities help attendees relate their own experiences to the challenges discussed. We go beyond a general description of the issues, guiding attendees to actively explore key concepts and elucidating the pivotal role parents and professionals play in teaching these concepts.


While this course was designed to support individuals with social learning challenges, the cutting-edge information provided is relevant for all populations—mainstream teachers love this conference day!

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity : (ages 5 - young adult)
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It’s time to get practical! Using Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, learn to guide individuals to better socially attend, interpret, problem solve and respond to social information. Explore how to teach three core treatment*-based frameworks and more than 20 unique strategies based on Social Thinking Vocabulary and related activities. Teach students to better interpret and respond to their social world by making smart guesses to discover hidden social rules. Learn systematic and logical ways to encourage social responsibility by learning about our own and others’ social thinking. Explore how our thinking about a situation and what we know about others can help us create the expected behaviors that support our relationships. Learn how we make these abstract concepts more concrete by reviewing a variety of activities through clinical examples. Our evidence-based Social Thinking Vocabulary is the foundation of our teaching programs, and research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrates how individuals benefit from learning these concepts. The study found that once children were taught how to think about these concepts, they were able to generalize the information.


Social Thinking’s treatment-based frameworks and strategies can easily be used in conjunction with programs such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RTI) and other social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for all students.


Motivational developmental tools such as our We Thinkers! curricula for 4- to 7-year-olds, You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex… a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum will also be reviewed to help participants see how these materials teach key lessons.


Participants will work in groups to learn how to use Social Thinking concepts to create their own lesson plan. We explore how to make lessons applicable across a variety of environments and focus on enabling students to apply these lessons in their lives. Most lessons are further explained in the book Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students (Winner, 2005), which is used in schools around the world.


How does improving social competencies also improve academic performance? The Social Thinking Methodology recognizes that the social mind not only helps us interact with others, but also has a considerable impact on our success in school and later in life. We use our social competencies to understand the relationships of characters in a novel (impacting our reading comprehension), to write an effective essay that acknowledges the reader’s perspective, to understand that it’s not enough to do your homework, you have to turn it in for the teacher to know you did it! We use our social mind in almost everything we do throughout our life. In this course, we’ll discuss the important connection between social competencies and academic performance. For more information on this topic, check out the book: Why Teach Social Thinking? Questioning Our Assumptions About What It Means to Learn Social Skills.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities : (kinder - young adult)
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How do we teach individuals to hold a thought in their heads? How do we explore the fact that there is a difference in how others interpret the statements: “I wish ____” vs. “I am ____?” What strategies encourage the ability to pay attention to others' thoughts, motives, and intentions? What does it take to improve conversational interactions? (Hint: more than we think.) How do we perceive each other’s physical movements? How do we create teaching strategies to help our clients with more subtle challenges improve their face-to-face communication?


In this conference, we will explore treatment* frameworks and hands-on strategies not currently taught in other Social Thinking courses. We will use video clips of individuals in treatment sessions to demonstrate the scope and sequence that we use to teach important Social Thinking concepts. We will also provide samples of specific treatment tools for the audience to use to develop a deeper understanding of social conversational engagement. A special Cascade of Social Attention assessment tool, not provided in any of our other materials, will be provided attendees to help guide their observations of an individual’s social input (interpretive) and output (social skills) to better understand how to develop a treatment plan as well as gain related prognostic information.


We will discuss how executive functioning, theory of mind, and central coherence form the heart of social thinking and related social skills. As always, we will connect this information to educational standards to show that we teach social concepts—not in addition to the educational standards—but as part of core social-academic instruction. We will also brainstorm lessons and strategies in teams, give tips for writing solid IEP goals, and developing rubrics for data collection.


Guided observation of specific individuals’ longitudinal (10–20 years) video footage will also be shown to explore how specific students evolve socially across time.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities: (ages 4 - 7)
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Course Content Disclosure: While this course includes information on other products and the work of other authors, it primarily focuses on the content included in the We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers curriculum guide and storybooks to teach this information with fidelity.

This course introduces professionals and parents to the many important facets of development that underlie social learning in preschool- and early elementary-age children. What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative play and learn as part of a group depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self-regulation, and solid social-emotional development as well as the executive functioning skills to multitask the use of it all. Educational standards highlight the importance of classroom listening and collaboration, which are hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and early elementary years. This course is designed to give participants knowledge of the key researched components of social-cognitive development from birth to age 5 as they connect to the core concepts taught through our curriculum. Social-emotional growth and executive functioning/self-regulation—and their interactive impact on socio-communicative abilities—will also be explored from a research perspective. This course will focus on how to put the research and best practices of teaching social information into action. We will introduce five Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts that have been adapted for children ages 4-7: thoughts and feelings, the group plan, thinking with your eyes, body in the group, and whole body listening. We will explore methods to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play. We will also look at different strategies for service delivery in a variety of settings. Strategies for home and school are designed for young children with average to strong language and learning abilities.

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What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social-Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learners : (ages 4 - 7)
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Course Content Disclosure: While this course includes information on other products and the work of other authors, it focuses primarily on the content included in the We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers curriculum, storybooks, and the GPS assessment and treatment guide for the purpose of teaching this information with fidelity.


Social-executive functioning is at the heart of successful play, social interaction, and learning as part of a group. In this course, we’ll teach how to move from the five basic Social Thinking lessons in We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers (formerly The Incredible Flexible You!) to the more complex lessons presented in We Thinkers! Volume 2. Attendees will engage in research-based group learning activities and learn strategies to apply in the classroom, clinic, or home the next day. Explore concepts such as the role of play and working as part of a group in the development of self-regulation, social problem solving, and executive functioning. We will also look at why a child who has difficulty with social attention will have trouble with sharing an imagination and interacting/playing with peers. Learn to teach kids to become better social observers and decipher the hidden rules and social expectations of a situation. From there we move to teaching strategies around the concepts of flexible versus stuck thinking, recognizing the size of the problem, making smart guesses, and sharing an imagination. Learn to use Social Thinking’s newest tool, the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving (GPS) Scale, to understand the five different levels of play and how they relate to classroom participation and academic standards. Understand how this scale interfaces with and expands upon other known scales such as the Westby Play Scale (2000), a highly regarded standard in the literature of play assessment. Learn how the lessons and activities in the We Thinkers! curriculum are adapted for each level of Social Thinking’s GPS and how the information can be used in Pre-K–2 mainstream classrooms as part of social and emotional learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. Our goal is to teach how to use We Thinkers! Volume 2 and related treatment* ideas with fidelity. The information presented on this day builds on the five core Social Thinking concepts presented in our precursory course “Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.”


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning: (ages 5 - 14)
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You have been asking about how to use some of our core curricula with different types of learners and ages, and—voila—here is the answer. This course will focus on teaching the strategies in our core curricula You Are a Social Detective!  and Superflex with fidelity, and will share developmentally appropriate tools to foster social attention and self-regulation for students in kindergarten through middle school. Learn creative ideas to help students understand self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-control through our more advanced teachings of Superflex's Five-Point Power Plan. We demonstrate how to help children become social detectives to figure out the hidden rules, and how to foster your own super-flexible creativity when teaching these lessons to your own children or students. We’ll also examine developmental adaptations to our teachings for different age groups, and provide strategies for helping students who no longer think Superflex and his team of Unthinkables are “cool.”


This interactive course is filled with creative group activities to help our students move from being “Me” thinkers to “We” thinkers, and explores the core concepts applicable throughout the school-age years. We examine how lessons connect to educational/academic standards in the mainstream classroom—our strategies help everyone improve reading comprehension, written expression, conflict resolution, and work as part of a group. We also discuss the connections between the Social Thinking Methodology and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, Response to Intervention (RTI), and Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS).


PLEASE NOTE: This course focuses on the use of Social Thinking’s books You Are a Social Detective!  and Superflex… a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to teach concepts related to Social Thinking. Our intention is NOT to market the products, but instead to show how to teach an appropriate scope, sequence, and pacing of the curricula in the manner they were designed. Our hope is to increase the consistency and fidelity in the ways these concepts are taught. If you (or your district or place of employment) are uncomfortable with a full day focusing on strategies related to products, please select another course to attend.

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The Zones of Regulation®: A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control: (kinder - young adult)
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The Zones of Regulation is a framework and curriculum designed to foster skills in self-regulation, including emotional control, sensory regulation, and executive functioning. It is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach that uses four colors to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment given their emotions and state of alertness. The model incorporates Social Thinking concepts to help students use perspective taking to understand the social context and how their management of their feelings and states impact those around them. Through using the curriculum, individuals become more self-aware and learn tools they can use to regulate emotions to meet environmental and social demands. Zones can be used effectively in home, school, and clinical settings, as well as in conjunction with other social and emotional learning (SEL) strategies.


This presentation provides teachers, therapists, and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics such as: the brain’s involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, social cognition, and executive functioning. Participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide students in using the Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states based on social demands.


Visuals, videos, and student work samples are highlighted to illustrate numerous learning activities. A variety of tools (sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) are explored to help students recognize their internal emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns in each zone, when shifting from one zone to another, and then self-regulate within zones. Participants explore ideas on how to support students using tools effectively across environments. The presentation also incorporates core concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking framework to help teach students about perspective taking, so they better understand how being in the different zones impacts the thoughts and feelings of other people around them and use this insight to guide them in self-management.

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach: (pre-k - high schoolers)
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Students with Social Thinking challenges, such as those with ASD, ADHD, NLD, Social Communication Disorder, and other social- and behaviorally based disorders often struggle in the areas of organization, attention, social engagement, group dynamics, and self-regulation, all of which make learning difficult. In this presentation, we will explore how the Social Thinking framework and methodology can be introduced as a school-wide model and incorporated into existing school initiatives. The class will offer strategies to differentiate Social Thinking instruction across three tiers of intervention and describe effective tools for universal screening, data collection, and progress monitoring.


The model presented is based on the frameworks of RTI and PBIS. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered method of academic intervention designed to provide early, effective assistance to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. It is designed to address the learning needs of all students school-wide, through academic supports aligned with individual student need. Positive Behavior Supports (PBS/PBIS) is another school initiative that uses a differentiated system of supports to increase learning and decrease problem behavior. RTI and PBIS are both used at the group and individual level and help educators and intervention providers ensure that instructional practices are high quality, based on scientific evidence, and are assessment driven, differentiated, and specific. Information gained from an RTI or PBIS process is used by school personnel and parents to adapt instruction to facilitate student learning in the area of Social Thinking.

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners: (ages 5 - young adult)
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This course focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to educational standards and support the student with significant social processing challenges. We will concentrate specifically on students who are described as Challenged or Emerging Social Communicators (CSC and ESC) on our Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile. These students are more literal, more aloof, miss sarcasm, are less organized, show marked difficulty reading social contextual cues from people and situations, comprehending reading material, and expressing themselves through writing, and they appear more awkward in their attempts to socially engage with their peers. The emphasis of this day will be around expanding our understanding of where to start and how to progress with these students based on their age, what is realistic to teach, and how to apply this learning in the inclusion-based classroom.


Because this conference day is focused on expanding and deepening knowledge around Social Thinking strategies, it is advised that participants already have basic knowledge about Social Thinking and introductory treatment* concepts. Participants should familiarize themselves with the Social Thinking¬–Social Communication Profile by reading the article Social Communication Learning Styles as a Guide to Treatment and Prognosis: The Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile™.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems: (ages 5 - young adult)
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This course will explore how to work with individuals who struggle with self-regulation, social anxiety, and depression, who are described as Nuance Challenged Social Communicators on our Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile. We will offer nuance-based social learning activities that connect to educational standards, and take a deeper look at how teaching social nuance lessons differs from teaching social “rules.”


Individuals in this group may represent a range of diagnoses such as: ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, NVLD—or may be undiagnosed. Nuance-based social learners tend to have significant issues, yet they are least likely to get peer mentor support because they often appear to blend in with their peers, at least from an adult perspective. They are also the most likely to be bullied since they are seen by their peers as subtly different. As a result, they may have significant social anxiety and experience meltdowns. Many have considerable challenges with executive functioning including asking for help, working in peer-based groups, and doing homework. There tends to be an underlying struggle to interpret the intentions and perspective of others, but a keen ability to notice when others aren’t following the social rules. These individuals often act without a deeper understanding of the social situation or how their actions affect those around them. This day is packed with information for use with a wide variety of students, including neurotypical students who may experience increased social anxiety as they have less practice with face-to-face interactions given their strong attention to digital devices.


Because this course is focused on expanding and deepening knowledge around Social Thinking strategies, it is advised that participants already have basic knowledge about Social Thinking and introductory treatment* concepts. Participants should familiarize themselves with the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile by reading the article Social Communication Learning Styles as a Guide to Treatment and Prognosis: The Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile™.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World : (ages 11 - young adult)
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Adolescence. Developmentally, this time is called the transition to adulthood, and we as teams develop plans, outline trajectories, and write goals to facilitate the process. We teach the importance of both academic and social skills, but at the end of the day it's not uncommon to hear, "No thanks, I'm just gonna design video games so I don't really need to learn that other stuff." No matter where we travel around the globe, we answer similar questions about helping teens transition from childhood to young adulthood. Parents and professionals welcome information on realistic planning and preparation to guide our students to better prepare for the social demands of the adult world.


This transition can overwhelm individuals born to social learning challenges, even if they are considered bright and have solid to strong language skills (e.g., ASD level 1 & 2, ADHD, twice exceptional, learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, specific language impairment, sensory dysregulation, etc.). This course focuses on helping parents and professionals (including teachers, counselors, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, etc.) prepare for—and respond to—this transition. Specifically, we will relate research-based concepts to an exploration of the more nuanced expectations that come with the emergence into adulthood and the strategies to help individuals develop a more mature social mindset.


The day is organized into five chapters:

Chapter 1: Learn to understand a teen’s perspective of their own and others’ social minds and related expectations, individualized learning of strengths and weaknesses, the social-academic connection, the power of our inner-coach, the power of our self-defeater, the connection to cognitive behavioral therapy, social competencies, and the Five Levels of Social Conformity.


Chapter 2: Adulthood and independence don’t always go together. We will define and explore many levels of achieving independence. We will also review how the law changes as a student moves out of K–12 education and into adulthood.


Chapter 3: Briefly explore the different levels of the social mind and tips for teaching and job coaching our more literal-minded individuals. A case study will be reviewed.


Chapter 4: Discuss our clinical experience and related research in working with students who seem resistant to social-emotional learning and working as part of a group. In this very popular chapter, we will examine the perspective of the resistant (self-protective) learner as it relates to the strategies that encourage self-learning and increased collaboration and those sure to meet further resistance. Student examples will be shared along with other resources we find helpful.


Chapter 5: Teach teens who have subtle but significant social learning challenges to establish and manage their own public relations and self-management campaigns. We will also discuss related mental health challenges such as social anxiety. Strategies to encourage motivation and guide learning about one’s own executive functioning, the perspective of self and other, friendship, and the subtleties of social communication will be reviewed with another case study, related video, and hands-on lessons.


All information draws from peer-reviewed published research but is translated into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts to explore and discuss. The goal of this course is to help all parents and professionals develop a larger toolkit to better assist students to learn about their own executive functioning, sharpen their perspective taking, and begin to manage their own social lives. We focus on the fact that a successful treatment* program is one that helps the student achieve his or her own goals. This course receives stellar reviews!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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Let’s Get Real: Tackling Dilemmas Faced by Adults with Social Learning Challenges : (ages 14 - mature adult)
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The Social Thinking Methodology provides strong tools for engaging adults across the lifespan in the social-emotional learning process. Incorporating 15 years of experience with this population, this course shares what we have learned to help adults with strong language and learning skills interpret and respond to social subtleties expected of adults in the workplace. We set aside diagnostic labels and discuss the broader concept that we all live within social boundaries and want others to include us and show they value us, whether or not we realize it. Exploring the social-emotional undercurrents, we introduce the Five Steps to Social Thinking Psychology and the Social-Emotional Chain Reaction to which we all subconsciously react and respond. Through review of dilemmas encountered by bright adults who have struggled due to social-emotional learning challenges, we demonstrate where social breakdowns happen and discuss strategies to avoid them—including strategies for coping and for working as part of a team.


We’ll explore treatment* strategies to encourage self-management and self-regulation for clients experiencing anxiety, depression, and inflexible thinking. This highly regarded course will tackle strategies to promote executive functioning, spontaneous and advanced perspective taking, and problem solving to help individuals who experience “me thinking” evolve toward collaborating with others as “we thinkers.” Our Intention-Driven Social Behavior Map will be reviewed. Explore case studies to teach specific concepts, such as being an Information Informer versus a Social Relator. Watch videos of adults discussing how their social competencies have evolved over time. This is one of our more compelling and important courses!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group—and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Learn about Social Thinking’s treatment pathway and tips for working with different types of social learners.

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Executive Functioning: Tackle Homework and Classwork with these Helpful Strategies! (ages 10 - young adult)

Learn to help students better manage homework from classroom to home and back again. Explore the terrain between a student’s conceptual need (“I need to do my homework”) and the frustration that often results from an inability to plan or execute (“I can’t do my homework”). Concrete strategies to develop organized thinking and related skills will be explained. We will provide specific ideas to: encourage motivation; manage road blocks, emotions, and distractions; increase effective use of time; track multiple assignments; and more. Information can be used by attendees and students across school, community, and home. This course gets stellar reviews!

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the “expected” behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Let’s Get Real: Tackling Dilemmas Faced by Adults with Social Learning Challenges (ages 14 - mature adult)

This course is specifically designed to address the needs of adults with social learning challenges who have solid to high language and learning skills to figure out the more nuanced hidden expectations of the work setting. Providing logical tools to make sense of the abstract social world, we focus on strategies to encourage flexible thinking, spontaneous perspective taking, and the role of emotions in meetings as well as when networking with peers&mdash;and more. Explore case studies to teach specific concepts and watch video of adults discussing the treatment process. Anxiety, depression, and inflexible thinking and their relationship to social learning will also be explored along with related treatment strategies. This is a compelling and important course!

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems (ages 5 - young adult)

Explore the needs of nuance-challenged social communicators who may have diagnoses such as Asperger&rsquo;s syndrome, ASD, ADHD, Social Anxiety, etc. Usually in mainstream classes, these individuals struggle with the intricacies of social relationships, homework assignments, and working in peer-based groups. Help individuals deepen their social interpretation and produce more nuanced social responses with effective strategies that teach perspective taking, executive functioning, managing social anxiety, etc. Additionally, learn tips to motivate students to participate in treatment activities! This course demystifies students&rsquo; needs while detailing how &ldquo;mild&rdquo; students have subtle but significant challenges&mdash;and teaches strategies to help.

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$5,500
$6,050
2
$10,000
$11,000

Please note that Michelle's availability is very limited and so we ask that you plan to have at least 250+ attendees. If you are unsure or cannot guarantee this number, please select alternate speakers. International Speaking Fees Available Upon Request.

Pamela Crooke

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Learn about Social Thinking&rsquo;s treatment pathway and tips for working with different types of social learners.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Let’s Get Real: Tackling Dilemmas Faced by Adults with Social Learning Challenges (ages 14 - mature adult)

This course is specifically designed to address the needs of adults with social learning challenges who have solid to high language and learning skills to figure out the more nuanced hidden expectations of the work setting. Providing logical tools to make sense of the abstract social world, we focus on strategies to encourage flexible thinking, spontaneous perspective taking, and the role of emotions in meetings as well as when networking with peers&mdash;and more. Explore case studies to teach specific concepts and watch video of adults discussing the treatment process. Anxiety, depression, and inflexible thinking and their relationship to social learning will also be explored along with related treatment strategies. This is a compelling and important course!

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems (ages 5 - young adult)

Explore the needs of nuance-challenged social communicators who may have diagnoses such as Asperger&rsquo;s syndrome, ASD, ADHD, Social Anxiety, etc. Usually in mainstream classes, these individuals struggle with the intricacies of social relationships, homework assignments, and working in peer-based groups. Help individuals deepen their social interpretation and produce more nuanced social responses with effective strategies that teach perspective taking, executive functioning, managing social anxiety, etc. Additionally, learn tips to motivate students to participate in treatment activities! This course demystifies students&rsquo; needs while detailing how &ldquo;mild&rdquo; students have subtle but significant challenges&mdash;and teaches strategies to help.

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,900
$4,290
2
$7,300
$8,030

International Speaking Fees Available Upon Request.

Kari Zweber Palmer

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Learn about Social Thinking&rsquo;s treatment pathway and tips for working with different types of social learners.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities (ages 4 - 7)

Guide children&rsquo;s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume1DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em></a> (formerly <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

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What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social-Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learners (ages 4 - 7)

Promote executive functioning with fun and innovative strategies to help kids understand and improve their group, classroom, and play dynamics. We&rsquo;ll thoroughly explore how to figure out social expectations, make smart guesses, and other Social Thinking concepts. We&rsquo;ll also delve into our new assessment and treatment-planning tool, which is paired with a checklist and play activities. The goal of this course is to offer cutting-edge information and teach attendees how to use <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume2DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers</em></a> with fidelity. Builds on the precursory course &ldquo;Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.&rdquo;

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: Midwest

Ryan Hendrix

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Learn about Social Thinking&rsquo;s treatment pathway and tips for working with different types of social learners.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities (ages 4 - 7)

Guide children&rsquo;s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume1DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em></a> (formerly <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

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What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social-Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learners (ages 4 - 7)

Promote executive functioning with fun and innovative strategies to help kids understand and improve their group, classroom, and play dynamics. We&rsquo;ll thoroughly explore how to figure out social expectations, make smart guesses, and other Social Thinking concepts. We&rsquo;ll also delve into our new assessment and treatment-planning tool, which is paired with a checklist and play activities. The goal of this course is to offer cutting-edge information and teach attendees how to use <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume2DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers</em></a> with fidelity. Builds on the precursory course &ldquo;Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.&rdquo;

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: West Coast

Nancy Clements

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Learn about Social Thinking&rsquo;s treatment pathway and tips for working with different types of social learners.

hover left

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

hover left

To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

hover left

Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities (ages 4 - 7)

Guide children&rsquo;s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume1DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em></a> (formerly <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.

hover left

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

hover left

Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

hover left

Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

hover left

What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social-Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learners (ages 4 - 7)

Promote executive functioning with fun and innovative strategies to help kids understand and improve their group, classroom, and play dynamics. We&rsquo;ll thoroughly explore how to figure out social expectations, make smart guesses, and other Social Thinking concepts. We&rsquo;ll also delve into our new assessment and treatment-planning tool, which is paired with a checklist and play activities. The goal of this course is to offer cutting-edge information and teach attendees how to use <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume2DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers</em></a> with fidelity. Builds on the precursory course &ldquo;Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.&rdquo;

hover left

Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: East Coast

Nancy Tarshis

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Learn about Social Thinking&rsquo;s treatment pathway and tips for working with different types of social learners.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities (ages 4 - 7)

Guide children&rsquo;s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume1DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em></a> (formerly <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

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What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social-Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learners (ages 4 - 7)

Promote executive functioning with fun and innovative strategies to help kids understand and improve their group, classroom, and play dynamics. We&rsquo;ll thoroughly explore how to figure out social expectations, make smart guesses, and other Social Thinking concepts. We&rsquo;ll also delve into our new assessment and treatment-planning tool, which is paired with a checklist and play activities. The goal of this course is to offer cutting-edge information and teach attendees how to use <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume2DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers</em></a> with fidelity. Builds on the precursory course &ldquo;Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.&rdquo;

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: East Coast

Renee Attaway

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities (ages 4 - 7)

Guide children&rsquo;s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume1DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em></a> (formerly <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: Southern

Debbie Meringolo

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities (ages 4 - 7)

Guide children&rsquo;s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: <a target="_blank" href="/Products/WeThinkersVolume1DeluxePackage"><em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em></a> (formerly <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

hover left

Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: East Coast

Beckham Linton

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

hover left

Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning <em>You Are a Social Detective!</em> and <em>Superflex </em>curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We&rsquo;ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we&rsquo;ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.

hover left

Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: Midwest

Gretchen Schmidt Mertes

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

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Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

hover left

Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
$5,500
$6,050

Home Region: West Coast

Nancy Cotton

Content Expertise

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
Canada
1
$3,000
$3,300
2
N/A
N/A

Dr. Cotton is a psychologist specializing in the connection between Mental Health and Social Thinking. Also available at an hourly rate of $250.

Chithra Kathiresan

Content Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

Discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group&mdash;and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.

hover left

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the &ldquo;expected&rdquo; behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!

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To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What&rsquo;s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on <em>access </em>rather than <em>success</em>, we&rsquo;ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded students, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We&rsquo;ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated students in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

hover left

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual&rsquo;s age to enhance social-emotional learning. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding to foster social skills, narrative language, written expression, and reading comprehension of literature. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational/academic standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!

hover left

Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS: Social Thinking as a School Wide Systems Approach (pre-k - high schoolers)

This presentation explores the implementation of the Social Thinking Methodology in a school setting already utilizing RTI, PBIS, or other initiatives. Designed to address the diverse learning needs of all students, this course explores how Social Thinking concepts can be integrated into the core curriculum to increase compliance with educational standards. Learn how teaching Social Thinking concepts enhances student learning at the benchmark level, while decreasing behavioral and discipline referrals at the strategic and intensive levels.

hover left

Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities (kinder - young adult)

Our master class designed for those familiar with Social Thinking&rsquo;s core teachings who want to explore hands-on activities for promoting social competencies. Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking and learn how to enhance our students&rsquo; social learning by focusing their social attention. Use our observation-based tool to develop a deeper knowledge of treatment needs, consider social interpretation and response, and improve functioning for those with social learning challenges. Video will be used to support teaching strategies, including longitudinal observation of individuals over a 10- to 20-year span. Plus, get tips on IEP goal writing and connecting information to educational standards. This course gets fantastic reviews and routinely sells out around the country!

Speaking Fees

Days
USA
International
1
N/A
$2,500
2
N/A
$4,500

Chithra is only available for International/Non US Events

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