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Chicago Metro Area, IL | April 23 - 26, 2019

Chicago
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  • DoubleTree by Hilton Downers Grove
  • 2111 Butterfield Rd.
  • Downers Grove, IL 60515
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    We ensure the facilities we partner with to host Social Thinking trainings are handicap accessible. We invite individuals needing special accommodations accessing facilities, resources, materials, etc. to contact us for support.


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    Get a discounted hotel room through the Social Thinking Group Block! Make reservations online or call 630-971-2000 and ask for the Social Thinking group rate.

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Description

Enrich play and story time to improve kids’ social competencies, and learn how to differentiate your teaching approach based on a child’s performance on the Group Collaboration, Play & Problem Solving Scale. Then, across two days, explore how to teach individuals about their emotions and social self-regulation to help with pursuing goals, working collectively, and interacting face to face.

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


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

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

     

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Tuesday April 23, 2019

Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities

ages 4 - 7

Guide children’s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers (formerly The Incredible Flexible You!). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.
Description
Course Content Disclosure: While this course includes information on other products and the work of other authors, it primarily focuses on the content included in the We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers curriculum guide and storybooks to teach this information with fidelity.

This course introduces professionals and parents to the many important facets of development that underlie social learning in preschool- and early elementary-age children. What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative play and learn as part of a group depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self-regulation, and solid social-emotional development as well as the executive functioning skills to multitask the use of it all. Educational standards highlight the importance of classroom listening and collaboration, which are hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and early elementary years. This course is designed to give participants knowledge of the key researched components of social-cognitive development from birth to age 5 as they connect to the core concepts taught through our curriculum. Social-emotional growth and executive functioning/self-regulation—and their interactive impact on socio-communicative abilities—will also be explored from a research perspective. This course will focus on how to put the research and best practices of teaching social information into action. We will introduce five Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts that have been adapted for children ages 4-7: thoughts and feelings, the group plan, thinking with your eyes, body in the group, and whole body listening. We will explore methods to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play. We will also look at different strategies for service delivery in a variety of settings. Strategies for home and school are designed for young children with average to strong language and learning abilities.

*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 24, 2019

What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social-Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learners

ages 4 - 7

Promote executive functioning with fun and innovative strategies to help kids understand and improve their group, classroom, and play dynamics. We’ll thoroughly explore how to figure out social expectations, make smart guesses, and other Social Thinking concepts. We’ll also delve into our new assessment and treatment-planning tool, which is paired with a checklist and play activities. The goal of this course is to offer cutting-edge information and teach attendees how to use We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers with fidelity. Builds on the precursory course “Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.”
Description

Course Content Disclosure: While this course includes information on other products and the work of other authors, it focuses primarily on the content included in the We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers curriculum, storybooks, and the GPS assessment and treatment guide for the purpose of teaching this information with fidelity.


Social-executive functioning is at the heart of successful play, social interaction, and learning as part of a group. In this course, we’ll teach how to move from the five basic Social Thinking lessons in We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers (formerly The Incredible Flexible You!) to the more complex lessons presented in We Thinkers! Volume 2. Attendees will engage in research-based group learning activities and learn strategies to apply in the classroom, clinic, or home the next day. Explore concepts such as the role of play and working as part of a group in the development of self-regulation, social problem solving, and executive functioning. We will also look at why a child who has difficulty with social attention will have trouble with sharing an imagination and interacting/playing with peers. Learn to teach kids to become better social observers and decipher the hidden rules and social expectations of a situation. From there we move to teaching strategies around the concepts of flexible versus stuck thinking, recognizing the size of the problem, making smart guesses, and sharing an imagination. Learn to use Social Thinking’s newest tool, the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving (GPS) Scale, to understand the five different levels of play and how they relate to classroom participation and academic standards. Understand how this scale interfaces with and expands upon other known scales such as the Westby Play Scale (2000), a highly regarded standard in the literature of play assessment. Learn how the lessons and activities in the We Thinkers! curriculum are adapted for each level of Social Thinking’s GPS and how the information can be used in Pre-K–2 mainstream classrooms as part of social and emotional learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. Our goal is to teach how to use We Thinkers! Volume 2 and related treatment* ideas with fidelity. The information presented on this day builds on the five core Social Thinking concepts presented in our precursory course “Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.”


*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 25, 2019

Emotions Part 1: Understanding Emotions and Strategies to Develop Self-Regulation

SOLD OUT

ages 5 - adult

How much do we really understand about emotions? In this first course in our two-part series on emotions, explore the power of emotions, how the brain processes negative and positive emotions differently, and why this is important when helping individuals better self-regulate their emotions and behavior. Discover why negative emotions tend to take center stage and often become barriers to personal and academic achievement—and strategies to break the cycle. Explore how self-conscious emotions can shut us down or fuel our success, the impact of emotion on memory, how past emotional experiences can impact decision making, and more. Practice using hands-on tools and activities to help your students, clients, and patients understand their own complex emotions and ultimately develop self-regulation.
Description

Overview of the Emotions series:
In our two-course Emotions series, explore how emotions are the undercurrent of all forms of social communication and are at the heart of personal problem solving, motivation, relationships, and life memories (episodic memory). This information applies to everyone, including typically developing individuals, but this series focuses on teaching about emotion to individuals with social-emotional learning challenges. Across the two courses, discover how to teach students, clients, and patients about their emotions and build self-regulation across three contexts: 1. Me: pursuing goals to meet the individual’s needs; 2. We: working collectively to be part of a group (e.g., in the classroom, on the playground, at a restaurant, on a team); 3. Us: interacting face-to-face with one or more people. Engage in hands-on activities and explore use of treatment* scales and frameworks to help your students, clients, and patients unpack the social-emotional experience and understand how emotions take center stage in all aspects of life.


Emotions Part 1:
In this first course in the series, explore information and research-based treatment ideas spanning these topics to help individuals understand and regulate their emotions:


  • The negative¬–positive emotional framework and how the brain processes negative emotions differently than positive emotions
  • Emotions and personal memory making (episodic memories), which are required in all environments, including in school, community, home, and vocational settings
  • Memory and narrative language: how emotions impact how we explain ourselves to others
  • Strategies to break the cycle when a student, client, or patient gets stuck recalling only negative experiences
  • The difference between feelings and emotions
  • Hands-on activities to explore the depth and complexity of an individual’s feelings and emotions. Practice using treatment tools (e.g., visual scales, treatment frameworks, etc.) that help make the complicated social experience more explicit and understandable
  • The definition of self-conscious emotions and their tie to social anxiety
  • How emotions are embedded within the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model
  • How Superflex’s Worry Wall and other Unthinkable characters can be used to encourage expression of the emotional self to foster self-regulation
  • The use of manipulatives to guide individuals to express their feelings and experiences, and to socially problem solve when language falls short
  • Case study: Review of longitudinal treatment for a grumpy 13-year-old; how the invention of the Pyramid of Dislike, paired with Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid, provided self-discovery and motivation to increase peer engagement and emotional satisfaction
  • And much more!

Learn a lot to help your students, clients, and patients—and a lot about yourself, given how this fascinating topic impacts us all!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social 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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Friday April 26, 2019

Emotions Part 2: Emotion-Based Strategies to Foster Relationship Development and Academic and Career Performance

SOLD OUT

ages 5 - adult

Emotions are at the heart of connecting with others and forming community. We expect children and adults to intuitively navigate the abstract nature of emotions by having emotional self-awareness and self-regulation, inferring the emotions of others, reading others’ intentions, etc. These skills are required for developing friendships; understanding the actions and reactions of characters in literature and history—impacting performance on academic standards; and working with others as part of a team—impacting success in the classroom and 21st century workplace. In this second course in our two-part series on emotions, learn novel treatment tools and strategies to help students, clients, and patients develop emotional awareness, explore how to read the emotions and intentions of others, emotionally sync with others, and work through social anxiety. To maximize your learning we recommend attending the course Emotions Part 1 before Emotions Part 2, but it’s not required since key concepts from the first course will be summarized in the second.
Description

To maximize your learning we recommend attending the course Emotions Part 1 before Emotions Part 2, but it’s not required since key concepts from the first course will be summarized in the second. In Emotions Part 2, learn strategies to help your students, clients, or patients develop emotional awareness, explore how to read the emotions and intentions of others, emotionally sync with others, and work through social anxiety. Many of these skills are required for developing friendships, understanding the actions and reactions of characters in literature and history—impacting performance on academic standards, and working with others as part of a team—impacting success in the classroom and 21st century workforce. Discover a variety of strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom, at home, in the community, and at work spanning these topics:


  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and the autism spectrum:
    • Recognize the overlap of these diagnoses and the importance of developing social competencies as part of treatment*
    • Determine key things to be aware of when working with an individual suffering from depression or sadness
  • Social-emotional learning:
    • Validate the social-emotional learning process as individuals explore their social vulnerabilities
    • Recognize the power of one’s inner critic and coach
    • Understand how managing emotions is part of executive functioning and how this relates to tracking the development of one’s own Social Operating System
  • The social evaluative process: how we account for each other’s intentions
  • Interpreting the hidden emotional messages of others
  • Personal self-marketing campaign: what messages are your students, clients, and patients sending?
  • Use of scales for many different purposes:
    • Evaluate social risk
    • Evaluate social-emotional experiences
    • Get versus take someone’s perspective
  • Relationship development and social-emotional competencies:
    • Explore how little acts of kindness pave the way for relationship development prior to having a conversation
    • Determine how emotion syncing is important as we share and listen to little stories within our social conversations
    • Use physical manipulatives to encourage social-emotional reappraisal of people in context
  • Case study: learn how to validate your student, client, or patient’s progress by addressing vulnerabilities with a Social Operating System

Learn a lot to help your students, clients, and patients—and a lot about yourself, given how this fascinating topic impacts us all!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social 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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