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December 4 - 6, 2017

Fort Lauderdale
Joan, SLP
I have been to many executive function workshops. I really got so much out of this conference!!
Kasey, Counselor
The amount of “aha” moments and the wealth of information you shared is phenomenal. I can envision using Social Thinking in so many settings.
Parent
I am so grateful that Social Thinking is a part of helping me to raise my son!

In Fort Lauderdale, discover strategies to improve organizational skills and lessons for literal thinkers and those that struggle with social nuances. Organizational skills are critical for success across our lives; discover strategies for executive functioning, motivation, and organization. Explore lessons for literal thinkers that break down abstract concepts into concrete ideas. Learn strategies for those who struggle with social nuances to encourage nuanced perspective taking while attending to mental health.

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You deserve to be treated well! We are proud to provide conference attendees with all day coffee & tea and a full lunch buffet with afternoon dessert. A sampling of vegetarian & gluten free options are available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.

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  • Conference Location

  • Broward County Convention Center
  • 1950 Eisenhower Blvd.
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • 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 December 4

Day D

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!
  • Description
  • What You Will Learn
  • Schedule
  • CEU

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.

Tuesday December 5

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

Delve into the needs of our more literal learners who may have diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, language learning or sensory integration challenges. They are often perplexed by the abstractions of the school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and are often aloof and less organized.  Discover how best to teach individuals based on their age and how to enhance learning in the inclusion-based classroom. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding over time. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to the Common Core Standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!
  • Description
  • What You Will Learn
  • Schedule
  • CEU

This conference day focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to the Common Core/State 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 the situation, comprehending reading material, expressing themselves through writing, and 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 conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe four core characteristics of Challenged and/or Emerging Social Communicators and explain how these may impact social and academic learning.
  2. Describe two tools for determining strengths and challenges of concrete-based learners.
  3. Describe the suggested sequence of three core lessons, beginning with “I have thoughts/feelings”, when planning treatment for concrete learners.
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 Explore how to teach social learning in different situations for the Challenged and Emerging Social Communicator.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Understand and define the characteristics of individuals considered to be Challenged and Emerging Social Communicators and discuss realistic expectations for learning. Zoom in on tools that are helpful in describing characteristics of the CSC and ESC.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Zoom in on the Common Core Standards for select grade levels and the relationship to social and academic learning. Explore the sequence of 3 core lessons for CSC/ESCs across environments.
2:15-2:25 Break
2:25-3:45
Discuss sample lessons, goals/objectives, and measuring progress (Rubric design).

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 December 6

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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’s syndrome, ASD, ADHD, or social anxiety. They are often in mainstream education and struggle with the intricacies of social relationships, homework assignments, and working in peer-based groups. Discover effective strategies that encourage nuanced perspective taking and executive functioning while attending to the person’s mental health. Take with you nuance-based social learning lessons for use in both treatment plans and the mainstream classroom to help improve performance on educational standards at the state level (including the Common Core).
  • Description
  • What You Will Learn
  • Schedule
  • CEU

This conference day will explore how to work with individuals who struggle with self-regulation, social anxiety, and depression (Nuance Challenged Social Communicator). We will offer nuance-based social learning activities that connect to the Common Core Standards, and take a deeper look at how teaching lessons related to social nuance 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 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 meltdown moments. Many have considerable challenges with Executive Functioning such as 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. 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 conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe four core characteristics of those considered to be Nuance Challenged Social Communicators and how to consider those characteristics in group planning.
  2. Explain how different size thought bubbles help individuals learn about social thinking as part of managing their social anxiety.
  3. Describe why using the terms “mild” social skills problem does not reflect the subtle, but significant social challenges of this group.
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 Define characteristics of individuals considered to be Nuance Challenged Social Communicators (Weak Interactive and Socially Anxious). Understand the executive functioning and anxiety challenges of this group.
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, treatment strategies and video to better understand symptomology.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Explore teaching concepts and strategies related to friendship, motivation, and social emotional regulation from different perspectives.
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:45
Link Common Core and State Standards to teach Social Thinking. Explore a range of strategies to encourage narrative language, self-regulation and building self-monitoring.

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.

 

 

 

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