Thursday April 25, 2024
Unpacking the Social Mind: Dynamic Assessment Tasks for Exploring Social Learning
ages 5 - young adultMany of us walk, skip, or move through space effortlessly, but do we really know how to explain the mechanism of how we do it? The same is true for social interactions. While we engage with others routinely, it's challenging to understand how our social mind is the catalyst for what we say and do (or refrain from saying and doing) across environments and people. In this course, we'll dive into a handful of informal Neurodiversity-affirming dynamic assessment tasks using video examples, and explore observational scales to discover core characteristics that make up our social selves and are the foundation for social competencies.
There is so much to learn about how the social mind gathers, analyzes, and makes sense of the social world. As educators and caregivers, we are tasked with the responsibility of understanding how our students/clients attend to and interpret the social and non-social information that surrounds them. We are then in the role of understanding their social goals and then figuring out strategies to support those goals. But how do we do that when standardized tests aren’t a true reflection of an individual’s strengths, struggles, or differences? This course will explore a handful of informal neurodiversity-affirming dynamic assessment tasksand interactive tools to better understand the individual’s social learning system.
Key topics to be covered in the conference include an exploration of:
- The Social Thinking–Social Competency Model, a practical four-step assessment and teaching pathway.
- How the social brain hones in on relevant information, and inhibits unrelated or less useful information to maintain social attention, offering insights into the underpinnings of social processing.
- How dynamic assessment tasks are interactive, neurodiversity-affirming, provide more authentic information, and help to guide teaching and supports.
- Informal ways to understand joint attention, interactive play, collaboration, abstract thinking, executive functions, perspective taking, and initiation/advocacy.
Note: The content of this course focuses on children (4 years and older) through adolescence across all neurotypes. The assessment tasks are a better fit for those with solid to strong expressive and receptive language and cognition.
5.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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