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Dedicated to Advancing Social Learning for a Lifetime of Well-Being

Austin, TX | February 12 - 14, 2019

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20% OFF
Discount Expires in 50 days
January 29, 2019
Austin, TX
Conference Location
Hotel Location
  • Embassy Suites Austin Arboretum
  • 9505 Stonelake Blvd
  • Austin, TX 78759
  • Special Accommodations
    We ensure the facilities we partner with to host Social Thinking trainings are handicap accessible. We invite individuals needing special accommodations accessing facilities, resources, materials, etc. to contact us for support.


    Important Note
    Our conferences can sell out well in advance. Please register and receive your confirmation number BEFORE booking travel arrangements. We’d hate for you to show up and not have a seat!


    Hotel Discount
    Get your hotel room at a discount through the Social Thinking Group Block! Make reservations online or call 1-800-362-2779 and ask for the Social Thinking group rate.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 01/21/2019
Description

Learn more than 20 unique Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary for teaching executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking, and more. Dive deep into Social Thinking treatment frameworks and strategies in a master class, and learn from the creator how to use The Zones of Regulation to help students develop self-awareness and self-regulation.

We Honor YOU
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We are proud to be one of the only companies in education that feeds both your mind and body. Each day of the conference, enjoy a full lunch complete with bottomless coffee and tea - on the house! Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.


We also want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible for your budget and are happy to provide you with Early Bird and Team Discount Rates.

General Schedule
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Sign in, get name badge & folder 
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm: Conference 
    12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Lunch Provided 
    12:50 pm – 3:45 pm: Conference

     

    If you have questions, concerns, or need help registering, please contact us!

  • Downloadable Registration Form
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Tuesday February 12, 2019

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!
Description

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.

What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Wednesday February 13, 2019

Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities

kinder - young adult

Our master class is designed for those familiar with Social Thinking’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 the social learning of students, clients, and patients 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!
Description

How do we teach students, clients, or patients 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.

What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Thursday February 14, 2019

The Zones of Regulation®: A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

kinder - young adult

The Zones of Regulation is a framework and related curriculum designed to build self-regulation skills, including improved emotional control, sensory regulation, and executive functioning. It is a cognitive behavioral approach using four colors (or zones) to help students visually and verbally identify how they are functioning given their emotions and state of alertness. A variety of tools (sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) are explored to help students recognize their emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns while in—or shifting between—zones. Conference participants will learn how to teach the framework and when, why, and how to use the tools effectively.
Description

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.

What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Individual/Small Group: Select this option if you are registering Non Professionals and/or up to four Professionals. Prices are per person.

Team/Large Group: Select this option if you are registering five or more Professionals at the SAME TIME. Prices are per person. Our website can only accept one payment per team. If you would like to register a team with separate payments, please download the Registration Form under Ready to Register (below) and submit it to us. All registration info and payments must be received together for the team rate to apply.

CE Credit: Only those registering as Professionals will have access to continuing education credit.

Early Bird Price (through JAN 29)

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Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
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Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
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Full Price (JAN 30 - FEB 14)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
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Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
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      11% Off 2 Day
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Early Bird Price (through JAN 29)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$194.39

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$170.09

1 Day Pass

$182.24

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$345.59

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$302.39

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$323.99

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$489.59

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$428.39

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$458.99

Full Price (JAN 30 - FEB 14)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$242.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$206.54

1 Day Pass

$218.69

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$431.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$367.19

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$388.79

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$611.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$520.19

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$550.79

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    Tue Feb 12, 2019

    Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity

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    Wed Feb 13, 2019

    Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts Through Hands-on Activities

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    Thu Feb 14, 2019

    The Zones of Regulation®: A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

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