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April 25 - 27, 2017

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Christine, Special Education Teacher
This is one of the best conferences that I have attended. Thank you for the very practical strategies and handouts!
Caryn, Parent
I gained a greater understanding of how to help the students I work with as well as how to help my own son.
Heather, SLP
I love your work! You hit the nail on the head!

Help students boost their organizational skills and social emotional learning! Organizational skills are critical for success across our lives; discover strategies for executive functioning, motivation, and getting classwork done. Then, use The Zones of Regulation to explore a variety of tools to help students develop self-awareness and self-regulate their emotions. Finally, help teens transition into adulthood with strategies to make the journey a little smoother.

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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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  • Conference Location

  • Abbington Distinctive Banquets
  • 3 S. 002 Route 53
  • Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  • 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
Call 630-971-2000 & ask for the Social Thinking Room Discount
Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 04/01/2017

Tuesday April 25

Day D

Executive Functioning: Tackle Homework and Classwork with these Helpful Strategies!( 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.

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

Brand new course! Use The Zones of Regulation to explore a variety of tools (sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) to help students develop self-awareness and self-regulate within their “zones”.

Wednesday April 26

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The Zones of Regulation®: A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control( 5 - young adult )

The Zones of Regulation is a framework and related curriculum designed to foster skills in self-regulation, including emotional control, sensory regulation, and executive functions. It is a cognitive behavior approach that uses four colors (or “zones”) to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment 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 internal emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns in each zone, when shifting from one zone to another, and then self-regulate within zones. Conference participants explore ideas on how to teach the concept as well as when, why, and how to use tools effectively.

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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 functions. It is a systematic, cognitive behavior 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 and states to meet environmental and social demands. It can be used effectively in home, school, and clinical settings, as well as in conjunction with other social emotional learning (SEL) strategies. 

The Zones of Regulation 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. Audience 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 to 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 Zones of Regulation 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. 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role sensory processing/ modulation, emotional regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition play in self-regulation.
  2. State three ways in which the Zones of Regulation’s framework teaches students to self-regulate.
  3. Identify two ways to integrate The Zones into practice and support generalization of skills across settings.
  4. Explain how to teach students to individualize their own tools for self-regulation.
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

Introduction to Self-Regulation

  • What is self-regulation?
  • Development of self-regulation
  • Components of self-regulation: Sensory and think, pair, share on their sensory lifestyle; Executive functioning
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30

Self-Regulation Continues: Emotional regulation; Social cognition
How we view behavior
The Zones of Regulation framework: Integrating theories and approaches; Defining the four Zones

11:30-12:20 Break for Lunch
12:20-2:00

Zones Curriculum

  • Introducing the Zones to students
  • Identifying the Zones in self and others
  • Zones and perspective taking
  • Exploration of tools for the Zones: Sensory supports; Calming techniques; Thinking strategies
  • Reflection on personal Toolbox
2:00-2:10 Break
2:10-3:45

Zones Curriculum Continues: When and how to use tools; Identifying triggers; Stop, Opt and Go problem solving

Implementing the Zones: Adapting to different population; Using with other approaches; Assessment and data collection; Multi-disciplinary collaborative approach

Endnotes and Questions

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.

Thursday April 27

Day F

“I’m going to be a video game designer!” Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World( 11 - young adult )

Adolescence, angst, and apathy - the characteristics routinely used to describe teens and young adults who yearn for independence, but often have no plan for getting there. This transition can overwhelm individuals born to social learning challenges, even those who are “bright” with strong language skills. This conference focuses on helping parents and professionals prepare for - and respond to - this transition. Specifically, we will explore the more nuanced expectations that come with the emergence into adulthood and strategies to help individuals develop a more mature social mindset.
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Adolescence, angst, and apathy - the characteristics routinely used to describe teens and young adults who yearn for independence, but often have no plan for getting there. 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."  Interestingly, no matter where we travel around the globe, the love affair between the teenager and the field of video game design poses a stumbling block to more realistic planning and preparation for the social demands of the adult world. This transition can overwhelm individuals born to social learning challenges, even those who are “bright” with strong language skills. This conference focuses on helping parents and professionals (e.g., teachers, counselors, psychologists, speech language pathologists) prepare for - and respond to - this transition. Specifically, we will explore the more nuanced expectations that come with the emergence into adulthood and strategies to help individuals develop a more mature social mindset.

The day is organized to address some of the most common statements from our tweens/teens and young adults including: - "I just want to have a friend.” (Preferably a boy/girlfriend!)
- "I saw a video on YouTube, so I got this."
- "I already know how to hang out, I just don't know what to say."
- "I thought the person just wanted to hang out (not take advantage of me)."
- "My parents are driving me nuts!"
- "I know what to do, but it stresses me out."

We will use the research related to friendships, anxiety, social communication, and perspective takings to teach concrete strategies for: - Becoming comfortable with discomfort
- Understanding the levels of friendship and approachability
- Encouraging self awareness and accountability
- Understanding stress and anxiety (the good, the bad, and the roadblocks)
- Motivation and grit (the good 4 letter word)

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact that social learning challenges have on academics and relationship building during the teen/young adult years.
  2. Discuss how the Cascade of Social Attention relates to styles of learning (concrete vs. nuanced based).
  3. Explain how anxiety can be a "stop sign" in an individual's ability to use Social Thinking and related skills.
  4. Explain how a student can learn to identify and prioritize his or her own treatment* goals.
*Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.
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 the unique challenges of tweens/teens and young adults: The ILAUGH model and how it relates to this age group.  The Cascade of Social Attention.
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Discuss how different levels of social communication affect mental health and strategies to use with teens and young adults.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:00 More strategies for increasing students' self-awareness of purpose, anxiety, motivation, accountability, responsibility, social networking, and social emotional transition planning.
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:45
Acronym soup: The regulations related to moving into the adult world, strategies for managing anxiety, parents wear out! and defining success in transition planning.

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

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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.

 

cas 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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