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May 1 - 3, 2017

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Katherine, Education Director
I walked away with a bigger picture of social skills, their impact on students - and left with some new wonderful tools.
Evelyn, SLP
Living or working with kids with weaknesses in executive functioning ... this conference is a game-changer for your kids.
Jennifer, Parent
For 10+ years, your teaching and resources have helped me develop learning experiences for my son and he is so capable because of it.

In Greater Columbus, use the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment to delve into a person's strengths and weaknesses and emerge with strategies tailored to the individual. Watch video footage of individuals with different types of social learning abilities progress over 10-15 years to inform treatment plans and predict some treatment outcomes. Then, go deep into Social Thinking frameworks with lots of hands-on activities and strategies for teaching social communication skills, executive functioning, motivation, and organization.

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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 delicious 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.

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  • 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
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Monday May 1

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Master Class 1: Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts through Hands-on Activities ( ages 5 - young adult )

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This course gets very high marks from attendees! The focus of this course is to take attendees on a deeper dive into core Social Thinking strategies through the use of video clips and hands-on practice using our treatment goody bags. If you've already learned the Social Thinking basics from attending different courses or reading our published materials, then this course will be right up your alley as it helps to make better sense out of your real-time observations while creating treatment tools in a way we have never offered before. You'll receive our new Cascade of Social Attention Checklist, practice lessons by using popsicle sticks and playing cards, and learn one way in which a digital camera can literally change the face of your treatment. You'll also receive samples of how all this information can be represented in IEP goals (connected to the Common Core and State Standards) and rubrics for measuring change. Finally, through longitudinal videos of 4 different clients, we will explore how an individual's competencies and focus of treatment change across 5, 10 and 15 years.
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The reviews are in and they are terrific! Participants love the hands on activities while simultaneously learning how to teach core Social Thinking concepts and strategies. Utilizing video clips that incorporate deep lessons from The Four Steps of Communication treatment framework, we will guide you in hands-on activities to facilitate improved social communication skills with your students/clients/children. A detailed handout for guided observations, as well as a bag of physical manipulatives, will be provided for attendees to work in small groups to practice and interact with one another. Different activities will focus on students with different levels of the social mind:

1. Use the newly developed Cascade of Social Attention Checklist, which is only available at this conference. The Checklist is a tool to help evaluate an individual's social interpretive systems to better understand where to begin in the process of teaching how to think socially and ultimately produce related social skills. The Cascade also helps to explain why many of our students/clients/children have challenges with academic tasks such as reading comprehension and written expression.

2. For some literal-minded individuals who show challenges in social self-awareness and observational skills, we often see a struggle to distinguish what is real versus what they hope or wish would be real. The audience will learn and practice activities to encourage more reality-based perspective taking.

3. When trying to relate with others, many of our students/clients/children have a weak sense of physical presence and facial expressions. We will explore how to use simple technology (phone camera) and Popsicle sticks for teaching abstract ideas in very concrete ways.

4. We will also teach an array of activities to encourage social conversational skills within a group to balance participation between your more talkative and less talkative individuals.

5. Core lessons and activities will show a connection to the state and Common Core standards.  We will also include examples of goals and rubrics for the activities taught throughout the day. 6. Finally, we will track the social growth of four different clients over 5-15 years of development and discuss how social emotional and executive function needs shift across time.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe one strategy for how to teach the difference between reality-based comments and fantasy-driven statements.
  2. Describe one practical lesson to facilitate self-awareness of nonverbal language (body proximity to others).
  3. Explain how to use visual supports to foster the development of three different types of social conversational skills.
  4. Describe how to create two types of rubrics: 1) conceptual understanding of a concept and 2) demonstration of the use of social behavioral output (social skills)
7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:15 Historical video of nuanced social communicator. Learn about and practice hands-on activities for teaching three different types of social conversational language.
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Review our newest update to Social Thinking's Cascade of Social Attention and participate in guided observation of different types of social learners. Practice scoring differences in how individuals socially attend and interpret social information. Increase social self-awareness and how this impacts different types of anxiety. All information is at the core of treatment planning. 
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Historical video examples of how those individuals who show trends towards weak social observation, interpretation and social self awareness tend to have limited ability to distinguish reality from fantasy and how this can further impact narrative language and critical thinking. Practice hands on activities using thought bubbles and playing cards to develop treatment skills and explore IEP goal writing and rubric creation. 
2:15-2:25 Break
2:25-3:45
Longitudinal video of two twins spanning 15-30 years old will be used to explore treatment needs across the years. Explore how to use simple technology to teach about facial expression. Wrap up with the practice of more Popsicle stick activities to foster the development of social conversation and how to represent this teaching through IEP goal writing and further rubric development.

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!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

Tuesday May 2

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

Focusing on executive functioning – What is it and how do you teach its many moving parts?  Like our social skills, our organizational skills are expected to advance over time without much instruction – though they are critical for success across childhood and adulthood. In this conference, discover strategies that foster an individual’s executive functioning skills. Explore the 10 steps to completing a homework assignment and learn a strategy aligned to each step - including strategies to find the motivation to tackle a task. Strategies can be used at home, in the community – and in any classroom. People give this conference stellar reviews!
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The majority of individuals with social learning challenges have difficulty developing organizational skills to manage the increasingly complex expectations of life in upper elementary, middle, high school and into their adult years. Our organizational abilities emerge from our executive functioning skills that are expected to develop through time with minimal instruction. However, for many individuals finding their motivation, knowing how to get started on a project, and managing time across a variety of homework assignments can feel like an overwhelming set of tasks - even for the most intellectually sharp individuals. The impact of poor organizational skills is immense; it affects one's outcome in school, at work, well as at home. People often misinterpret folks with poor organizational skills and limited motivation as being lazy, without understanding that these challenges are more likely the result of a neurologically-based executive function 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. Even those who want to provide support are not sure where to begin! In this conference, we explore critical executive functioning skills and practical strategies for individuals to track and tackle homework and other deadline-based responsibilities. Discover two types of organizational skills: static and dynamic. Zoom in on dynamic organizational skills and dissect them into 10 steps that are critical in 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 conference has been enthusiastically received by parents, counselors, mainstream and special education teachers, administrators, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, etc. As with most Social Thinking conferences, hands-on activities help attendees relate their own experiences to the challenges discussed. We do not merely give a general description of the issues. Instead, we guide attendees to actively explore key concepts and to appreciate the pivotal role parents and professionals play in teaching these concepts to individuals. While this conference was designed to help individuals with social learning challenges, the information provided has also proven to be relevant to all students and young adults. Mainstream teachers love this conference day! This information is cutting edge for all populations.

Participants will be able to:

1. Identify a strategy for helping individuals explore their own motivation when approaching complex tasks.
2. Define executive functioning with an easy three-part definition that will help individuals develop awareness of their strengths and weaknesses.
3. Describe the importance of time prediction and how analog clocks teach this concept differently than digital clocks.
4. Define the difference between static and dynamic organizational skills.
5. Describe how a Gantt chart is helpful in understanding multiple assignments across time.
 
7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:30 Audience Activity Introduction to executive functioning issues in adolescents and adults. Define and discuss static versus dynamic organization.
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Explore executive functions more deeply: Know what needs to be done; Move it with motivation; Prepare the environments.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:00 Chunk it and time it; Visually structure it; Prioritize and plan it daily
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:45
Hunt and gather; Communicate about it; Take Perspective; Persist and self-reward; IEP goal ideas, Exploring 13 questions as to whether a student is likely to "make it" going away from home upon graduation; Think about your own Organized Thinking.

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!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

Wednesday May 3

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

Delve into the inner mind of a person with social learning challenges. Our Informal Dynamic Assessment is designed to uncover why an individual may struggle to work in a group or interpret information. Use the results to tailor treatment* plans and track progress. Through video clips and discussion learn central concepts for running effective Social Thinking treatment groups and lessons to use at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, The Friendship Pyramid, and The Spirals of Social Anxiety.
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We launch the day exploring three practical frameworks and teaching strategies. First, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM) is a visual framework that teaches how to better understand the social expectations in a given situation. SBM then guides us to strategies specific to an individual’s needs as they discover what’s “expected" or “unexpected" in a social situation and how their behavior impacts the feelings of others.  How others feels about us impacts how they treat us in that situation and ultimately affects our own feelings!  Social Behavior Mapping has been widely adopted for use with all ages.  This core Social Thinking tool reflects our Cognitive Behavioral teaching style. Next, we explain through a visual framework the journey between learning to be friendly and maintaining successful friendships through our Peer-a-mid of Friendships.  We will delve into what it means to be a friend, distinguishing between 1) "being friendly," 2) developing a friendship, and 3) having a "bonded friend." We will also discuss how conversational skills are only one component to keeping friends - as "hanging out" actually means 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. The visual tools named the Spiral of Social Success and the Spiral of Social Failure guide how we teach social competencies while also teaching how to manage social anxiety.We will also offer some basic concepts and ideas for running Social Thinking groups.  Our treatment goals are to help make the abstractions of the social world more easily interpreted through our concrete explanations! We round out the day by demonstrating to parents and professionals how to better understand the inner minds of individuals with social learning challenges when our standardized testing falls short. We introduce the Informal Dynamic Social Thinking  (IDST) Assessment, a tool described in Michelle's book, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition. IDST assessment tasks are useful as part of the initial or three-year testing process – and can also be used by any parent or professional to better understand how an individual processes and responds to social information. The IDST is invaluable in learning more about the way individuals think, and how their social thinking challenges affect their social and academic learning. This, in turn, illuminates why they need direct teaching of social concepts and arms us with relevant knowledge to determine specific treatment strategies that are best aligned with their needs. Video footage of the informal assessment will demonstrate ways in which all of us (diagnosticians, parents, paraprofessionals, treatment clinicians, etc.) can work more effectively with our students. Parents and professionals give high praise for the highly practical nature of this workshop. *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to assess "thinking with your eyes" and how this is different from identifying the direction of eye gaze.
  2. Describe the core components of the "Double Interview" and explain how it helps assess perspective taking.
  3. Describe the social-emotional chain reaction through the four columns of the Social Behavior Map.
  4. Define at least three of five different stages of the friendship pyramid and one example of how to teach “approachability”.
  5. Explain how the “excuse bucket” impacts an individual’s ability to teach their brain new concepts and skills.

7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:00 Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking to better understand how our social attention triggers social responsiveness.  Introduce our Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment tasks.
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-12:00 Use of video to demonstrate the four Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment tasks and reviewing their impact on treatment planning.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Explore key factors to consider when developing Social Behavior Mapping.  The audience will create a social behavior map specific to their situation.  Review the Friendship Peer-a-Mid and discuss how to use it with students of different ages.
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:45
Explore how social competencies are part of the Social Anxiety treatment process. Introduce the Spirals of Anxiety as a treatment tool. Learn about running Social Thinking groups.

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!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

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Continuing Education Information

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.

 

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SLPs & OTs: Each attendee will receive a Certificate of Attendance and Agenda for each course as proof of participation. Earn 6 CEEs per course!

 

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Each course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

 

ASHA credits will be available to Speech Language Pathologists interested in receiving and maintaining their continuing education hours through ASHA. All SLPs enrolling in ASHA CEUs will need to bring their ASHA number with them to include on their CEU registration form. Signing in & out and filling out a registration form is required for each day you attend the conference.

 

 

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES)

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Continuing Education Units for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, Clinical and School Psychologists are provided.  States that are covered are listed below.  Some states have exceptions and these are noted as well.

 

Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB, 400 South Ridge Parkway, Ste B, Culpepper, VA 22701) www.aswb.org

 

Social workers should contact their regulatory board determine course approval. Social workers receive 6 continuing education clock hours participating in this course for each workshop day. 

 

Marriage and Family Therapists: The following marriage and family therapy boards accept programs offered by NBCC, ASWB or APA approved providers (of which CES is approved): AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, ME, MN, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA AND WI. In addition, CES is approved for CA MFTs. Marriage and family therapists receive 6 CE hours credit for each workshop day. 

 

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Psychologists completing this program earn 6 continuing education hours of credit. 

 

 

NBCC Credit: Certified Counselors

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Certified Counselors receive 6 clock hours for each conference day toward NBCC credit. Social Thinking, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6685. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Social Thinking, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

 

International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)

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Social Thinking is an approved training provider (CE153196) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) for continuing education units toward the Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) and the Autism Certificate (AC).

 

Become Certified as an Autism Professional!
By attending a Social Thinking course you will become qualified for your autism certification. Use the partner code SOCIAL to receive 20% off of your Autism Certification at www.ibcces.org/apply. For questions, contact kristin@ibcces.org.

 

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 About the Certified Autism Specialist: The Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) is a Master’s level certification that  recognizes an individual’s experience and training with approved providers of autism education. A CAS must meet board  requirements, maintain 14 continuing education hours in autism and pass the IBCCES Autism Competency Exam. For  more information, visit www.certifiedautismspecialist.com.

 

IBCCES Autism Certificate About the Autism Certificate: The Autism Certificate is a non-Masters level certification that recognizes professionals  dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of autism. For more information, visit www.autismcertificate.com.

 

 

 

 

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Earn three Semester Units of University of the Pacific Graduate-Level, Professional Development Credit for your work related to or inspired by Social Thinking training events. Learn more at www.courses4teachers.net/credit-for-social-thinking or by contacting Courses4Teachers at (925) 837-3817 or Courses4Teachers@Courses4Teachers.net.