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

Chicago Metro Area, IL | April 28 - 30, 2020

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  • DoubleTree by Hilton Downers Grove
  • 2111 Butterfield Rd.
  • Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • Special Accommodations
    We ensure the facilities we partner with to host our trainings are handicap accessible. We invite individuals in need of special accommodations or assistance accessing facilities, resources, materials, etc. to email us for support.


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    Get your hotel room at a discount through our group block! Make reservations online or call 630-971-2000 and provide code “TSP” to get the group rate.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 04/13/2020
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Lunch Provided at Social Thinking Conferences

We’re proud to provide you with a full lunch and bottomless coffee and tea each day as you connect with others in your community. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.

 

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Tuesday April 28, 2020

The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

ages 5 - young adult

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore two core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies for use at home and school: Social Behavior Mapping and the Friendship Pyramid and related ideas for expanding treatment using these tools.
Description

We begin the day by exploring how to better understand the minds of individuals with social learning challenges when traditional standardized tests fall short. We introduce the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment (ST-IDA), a series of tasks with corresponding templates described in Michelle Garcia Winner's book Thinking About You Thinking About Me, 2nd Edition. The dynamic tasks included in the ST-IDA examine the way the individual approaches social communication, executive functioning, and problem solving in real time. The ST-IDA can be a useful tool for initial or three-year testing and can provide valuable insight to all members of the educational or support team.


Results of the ST-IDA can help to uncover the link between social thinking challenges and social and academic learning. We provide a detailed checklist for two assessment tasks, which serves as a catalyst to guide more meaningful observations. Deeper observations, in turn, lead to developing more meaningful treatment* programs. Discussion related to the video footage of the informal assessment tasks will highlight how stakeholders (e.g., parents, diagnosticians, paraprofessionals, teachers, counselors, therapists, etc.) can work more effectively with those we aim to help. Parents and professionals applaud the highly practical nature of this workshop.


In the afternoon, we will review two practical treatment frameworks. The first, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM), is a visual framework that teaches social responsibility by highlighting that social expectations occur in a given context based on the situation and people. SBM enables individuals to discover what is expected or unexpected in a social situation while also learning the impact their behavior has on others’ feelings. How others feel about our behavior also impacts how they treat us and ultimately affects our own feelings! SBM has been widely adopted for use with all ages. This core Social Thinking treatment framework reflects our cognitive behavioral teaching style. Audience members will create their own Social Behavior Map as part of the training.


To help individuals understand the difference between friendly and friendship we have a visual treatment framework called the Friendship Pyramid. We will delve into five different levels of relationship development starting with the importance of initiating and responding to greetings with people who are not “friends.”


To round out the day, we will describe a four-phase social competency pathway to guide our students as they engage in a social learning process.


*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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Wednesday April 29, 2020

Case Journeys: Treatment Planning for Improving Social Competencies

ages 4 - adult

Watching a clinical case study, or “case journey,” unfold overtime can be very informative and powerful—and gaining tools to unpack the case journeys of the individuals you support is even better. In this course, we explore several clinical case journeys and apply a unique six-step decision-making template as a guide through the treatment process. We also help you organize your treatment planning according to our two new foundational categories: how the social world works and how I work (navigate to regulate) in the social world.


Learn a variety of concepts, frameworks, and strategies to build social competencies that align with an individual’s age, personality, social learning strengths/challenges, developmental abilities, and mental health challenges. In the afternoon, we will divide into groups based on student, client, or patient age and explore how different case journeys unfold. Members of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers’ Collaborative will share their own clinical case journeys and treatment ideas, and you will get the opportunity to practice using the six-step tool with your own cases. Get lots of hands-on participation and learning in this course!

Description

Watching a clinical case study, or “case journey,” unfold can be very informative and powerful— and gaining tools to unpack the case journeys of the individuals you support is even better. In this course, join us to:


  • Unpack the Six Steps for Treatment* Decision-Making template and practice using it with your caseload or family member(s)
  • Organize your treatment planning according to our two new foundational categories: how the social world works and how I work (navigate to regulate) in the social world. These categories will help you identify which frameworks from the Social Thinking Methodology to use to support individuals’ specific needs
  • Review the six layers of evidence supporting the Social Thinking Methodology and connect the layers of evidence to the treatment planning process
  • Explore a conceptual framework, the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model (SCM), to guide treatment based on an individual’s needs. We will demonstrate how the SCM intersects with the Social Thinking Social Learning Tree
  • Explore how treatment frameworks and strategies can be used in unison to develop different aspects of social-emotional learning
  • Discover how the same treatment frameworks and strategies can be used differently for individuals based on age and social learning development

Attendees are giving this course great reviews, here are a few that we received:


“A really great way of connecting all the concepts and curricula that I've learned over the years. Now I can see how to frame my thinking/approach to therapy.”
– Katrina, Speech-Language Pathologist


“I am so incredibly grateful for the experience of coming to this course. It was so helpful to learn what I need to be doing differently to have better treatment yet feel reassured that I'm doing lots of things right! I continue to be inspired by this work and the amazing cohorts who teach me.”
– Meredith, Social Worker


“Every therapist, parent, pediatrician, and educator needs to come to this!”
– Conference Attendee


*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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Thursday April 30, 2020

Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning

ages 5 - 14

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We’ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and help your students, clients, and patients improve their social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we’ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support social emotional learning (SEL) programs, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.
Description

This interactive course is filled with creative group activities to help your students, clients, and patients move from being “Me” thinkers to “We” thinkers. Join us to explore core treatment* concepts you can use with students from K-12 and learn how lessons connect to academic standards. Our strategies can be used in the mainstream classroom to help everyone improve reading comprehension, written expression, conflict resolution, and work as part of a group. We also discuss the connections between the Social Thinking Methodology and social emotional learning (SEL) programs, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI).


NOTE: This course focuses on the use of Social Thinking’s books You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to teach social competencies. Our intention is NOT to market the products, but instead to demonstrate how to teach appropriate scope, sequence, and pacing of the curricula in the manner they were designed. Our hope is to increase the consistency and fidelity in the ways these concepts are taught. If you (or your district or place of employment) are uncomfortable with a full-day course focusing on strategies related to products, please select another course to attend.


Content Disclosure: This course does not teach about any other methodologies or programs aside from the Superflex Curriculum within the Social Thinking Methodology.


*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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Individual/Small Group: Select this option if you are registering Non Professionals and/or up to four Professionals. Prices are per person.

Team/Large Group: Select this option if you are registering five or more Professionals at the SAME TIME. Prices are per person. Our website can only accept one payment per team. If you would like to register a team with separate payments, please download the Registration Form under Ready to Register (below) and submit it to us. All registration info and payments must be received together for the team rate to apply.

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

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Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
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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.
25% Off
$202.49

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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.
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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.
25% Off
$359.99

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.
10% Off
$611.99

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.
25% Off
$509.99

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
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Full Price (APR 16 - APR 30)

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.
10% Off
$269.99

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.
25% Off
$229.49

1 Day Pass

$242.99

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.
10% Off
$479.99

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.
25% Off
$407.99

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$431.99

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.
10% Off
$679.99

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.
25% Off
$577.99

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$611.99

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    Tue Apr 28, 2020

    The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

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    Wed Apr 29, 2020

    Case Journeys: Treatment Planning for Improving Social Competencies

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    Thu Apr 30, 2020

    Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning

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