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

Chicago Metro Area, IL | April 24 - 26, 2018

Chicago
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  • DoubleTree by Hilton Downers Grove
  • 2111 Butterfield Rd.
  • Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • 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 Elena Samsonova at conferences@socialthinking.com, or (408) 557-8595 x325.

     

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Description

In Chicago, explore lessons for literal thinkers that break down abstract concepts into concrete ideas. Discover strategies for those who struggle with social nuances to encourage nuanced perspective taking while attending to mental health. Learn strategies to build social competencies at school and beyond, and bring back powerful and innovative ideas to your community.

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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.


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

     

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Tuesday April 24, 2018

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners

SOLD OUT

ages 5 - young adult

Using video from treatment sessions, we zoom in on strategies to promote social attention and perspective taking (theory of mind) with students who interpret language very literally and struggle to interpret what others think and feel. These more literal-minded students—who may have a diagnosis of high functioning autism, ADHD, ASD, and/or sensory integration challenges—are slow to learn social skills and exhibit a range of other learning challenges related to their weak socially based critical thinking. Video-based case studies will guide how this type of student evolves in their understanding of the social world as they grow up to help illuminate treatment ideas. Audience members will receive checklists to help differentiate types of social learners and how social learning connects to the educational standards. Group treatment ideas for different age groups will also be introduced. Audience members appreciate the practical information shared across the day!
Description

This course focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to educational standards and support the student with significant social attention and social interpretation challenges. We will concentrate specifically on students who are described as Challenged Social Communicators (CSC) or Emerging Social Communicators (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. (See this article for more common characteristics of people described as described as Challenged Social Communicators or Emerging Social Communicators.) The day will explore the power of social attention using video clips to provide explicit and practical examples for teaching basic social concepts to encourage the development of theory of mind (perspective taking), sharing social attention, and awareness of trickery.

Video case studies will explore the social learning trajectory of academically bright students who are more literal interpreters. Throughout the day we will explore the assumptions made about social attention and learning in a group, how test scores remove socially based critical thinking and executive functioning making it more difficult to truly understand a student’s real time learning abilities, and how aloof students enjoy social relationship building.  

Audience members will receive checklists featuring characteristics associated with different types of social learners, information inspired by the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile.

Examine how social learning is embedded within many academic standards and how the roots of social learning fan out across a large variety of information explored across a school day (e.g., reading comprehension, narrative language, peer engagement and group work, etc.). The use of rubrics to help with measurement of treatment* goals will be introduced.

Activities for different age groups will also be explored to promote social learning in the group treatment setting. Across the day we explain how this learning is slow and deep, with the goal being to help each student improve when compared to their own baseline abilities. Audience members appreciate the honest and very practical information shared on this day.

*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 April 25, 2018

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems

SOLD OUT

ages 5 - young adult

Explore the needs of nuance-challenged social communicators who may have diagnoses such as Asperger’s syndrome, ASD, ADHD, and social anxiety as well as traits such as perfectionism, being oppositional, etc. Usually in mainstream classes, these individuals struggle with the intricacies of developing social relationships, working through assignments, and engaging in peer-based groups. Learn how even a slight impairment in flexible thinking, emotional understanding of self and others, problem solving, self-advocacy, and nuanced social interpretations can contribute to subtle but significant social challenges. Explore related treatment strategies while also learning tips to motivate students to participate in treatment activities encouraging development of executive functioning, perspective taking, and emotion management!
Description

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. Individuals in this group may represent a range of diagnoses such as ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, NVLD, social anxiety, perfectionism, twice exceptional—or may be undiagnosed. Nuance-based social learners tend to have significant issues and are the most likely to be bullied by peers and adults—we introduce the concept of the “forgiveness factor” to detail this phenomenon. (See this article for more common characteristics of people described as Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators.)

We will explore the characteristics and social-emotional learning needs of these individuals starting at four years old, across childhood, and throughout adulthood. We will investigate the different levels of interactive play and collaboration with Social Thinking’s Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS) for use with 4- to 7-year-olds and then examine how patterns in our little ones can extend into adulthood. 

We will explore sophisticated ideas that foster the development of an individual’s perspective taking, executive functioning, and social-emotional self-management. More specifically we will examine different aspects of emotional awareness of self and others, flexible thinking, social problem solving, self-advocacy while guiding the audience through different assessment, and treatment* ideas to foster self-regulation, effective communication, and a sense of well-being. Reviewed within this day are:
  • Examples of cognitive flexibility and its relationship to dysregulation
  • How social problem solving and emotional expression are linked
  • Strategies to promote emotional self-regulation including our emotion scale and how our emotional expression is expected to shift with age
  • Learning about one’s own strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring social anxiety and some related treatment ideas
  • Enhance social competencies by utilizing Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid to explore specific strategies to help teach more sophisticated greetings, and development of acquaintance-based relationships and situational friendships.

Across the day we will give examples of treatments we provide to adults employed in the technology industry in Silicon Valley to highlight how more nuanced social-emotional learning is a mandatory part of the 21st century workforce and how accessible this information is to people of all ages. Every adult we work with reports to us that they wished someone had “taught me this information when I was 10 years old!”

Audience members report this day is not only beneficial as they explore how to help school-age students but it also helps them better understand themselves!

*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 April 26, 2018

4 Courses in 1 Day: Building Social Competencies at School and Beyond

SOLD OUT

age 5 - young adult

Fill your toolbox with a variety of fresh and powerful ideas! This collection of short courses provides clear, practical, creative, and inclusion-oriented teachings to fuel your imagination and your motivation. Originally presented at the Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference, these courses received rave reviews and offered such pertinent strategies that we were inspired to share them with the world. The day will cover: 1) Social Thinking’s new Social Competency Model, outlining four steps to teaching social competencies; 2) tips for implementing the Social Thinking Methodology school-wide; 3) how to create project-based learning where everyday materials are leveraged for motivating social competency lessons; and 4) implementing a peer coaching program in which teens and young adults can practice what they’ve learned and support peers.
Description

Fill your toolbox with a variety of fresh and powerful ideas! This collection of short courses—originally presented at the Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference—received rave reviews and offers such pertinent strategies that we were inspired to share all four with the world. Together, these short courses provide clear, practical, creative, and inclusion-oriented teachings to fuel your imagination and your motivation.


Building Social Competency Using Everyday Stuff: Project-Based Learning and Social Thinking

Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, Social Thinking Chief Strategy Officer of Research and Clinical Services

Developing motivating, yet targeted, activities and lessons for expanding social competencies can be challenging—even for the most seasoned professional. And, the costs associated with obtaining commercial products for intervention packages can be a hardship for therapists or educators on a shoestring budget. The idea that social goals can be targeted in project-based group activities using materials readily available to almost anyone is both appealing and cost effective. Project-based learning (PBL) is one way therapists and educators can teach on a deeper level at a slower pace, while targeting flexible thinking, social thinking, and social problem solving through inquiry, collaboration, and self-management. Social Thinking is a cognitive-based methodology whose constructs and philosophy are complementary and supplementary to PBL. This talk will show examples of how two different Social Thinking concepts can be supported using a modified PBL framework across two different age groups.

How to Implement a Peer Social-Communication Coaching Program for Teens and Young Adults
Ann Gray, MS, CCC-SLP, Owner of Gray Communication Therapy, LLC

This presentation focuses on using Social Thinking concepts, vocabulary, and practice guidelines to train neurotypical peers to fill a coaching role for students with social learning challenges. While there are established peer intervention methods for younger children, the Peer Social-Communication Coaching Program is specifically designed to create a naturalistic social situation where adolescents can practice the ideas and skills they are learning in therapy sessions. Through social-communication “working lunches,” peer coaches engage with teens with social learning weaknesses in a way that does more than just model social skills. Peer interactions expand on “thinking behind the social” in real time. Key ideas and skills taught during a separate peer coach training program not only strengthen peers’ sensitivity to the differences of others, but also provide behaviorally defined strategies for coaches to use during their interactions with students with various Social Thinking–Social Communication Profiles. These peer coaching sessions expand on our small group therapy sessions and provide meaningful experiences for our therapists and clients to refer to when looking for positive examples of social success; they also provide saliency to individual goals. Whether it’s lessening anxiety, increasing “brain in the group” time, or reinforcing the Four Steps of Communication, peer coaching sessions are a valuable asset to social learning intervention plans.

Attend, Interpret, Problem Solve, Respond: Teaching the Foundations of Social Competencies

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, founder of Social Thinking

The Social Thinking Methodology encourages the development of social competencies beyond simply focusing on teaching social skills. What does this mean? In this short course, Michelle will introduce how the Social Thinking Methodology helps establish relevant social attention as the first step in the four-part treatment* process of teaching social competencies. The concluding fourth step relates to producing a meaningful social response that meets an individual’s social goals.

Through this journey Michelle will explore how social attention drives social input before a person can decide how to formulate their social output. Distinguishing one’s own thoughts and emotions from the thoughts and emotions of others provides an additional layer of information. Participants will use a visual tool, Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, to understand the relationship between each of these four treatment steps and discuss related treatment priorities. Michelle will also demonstrate the ways in which narrative data can track how students’ social competencies are evolving.

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

Social Thinking in Schools Across the Ages
Sarah Bartosch, MS, CCC-SLP and Tricia LaPlante, MS, CCC-SLP

In response to the increasing number of students needing social cognitive intervention, the staff in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (Wisconsin) has implemented a continuum of services utilizing Social Thinking frameworks and curricula for students ranging from those in early childhood programming through those transitioning to adulthood (ages 4–18). The continuum of services has grown from a therapeutic pull-out service, delivered only by speech-language pathologists, to a more comprehensive model. District programming has expanded to include a specially designed two-year course for credit at the high school level, daily instruction by special educators at the intermediate level, and school-wide implementation by student services personnel at the elementary level. In addition, several groups of regular educators are utilizing Social Thinking Vocabulary and curricula within their classrooms for the benefit of all students. At all levels, pull-out services by special education staff and speech-language pathologists continue to be utilized to address the needs of those students who require additional instruction and practice. Over the last eight years, our district teams have gained insight into both the positive impact and the challenges related to the implementation of social intervention programs, as well as the need for a broad continuum of services. In this talk, we will discuss a variety of implementation options that can be tailored to fit within any school setting.

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

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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
$196.00

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
$171.50

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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
$347.20

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
$303.80

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
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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
$495.20

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
$433.30

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$464.25

Full Price (APR 12 - APR 26)

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
$245.00

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
$208.25

1 Day Pass

$220.50

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
$434.00

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
$368.90

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11% Off 2 Day
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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
$619.00

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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$526.15

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      Tue Apr 24, 2018

      ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners

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      Wed Apr 25, 2018

      ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems

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      Thu Apr 26, 2018

      4 Courses in 1 Day: Building Social Competencies at School and Beyond

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