Menu

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

February 6 - 8, 2018

Dallas Fort-Worth
Kaitlyn, Special Ed. Teacher
So many great ideas to improve my teaching for my students!
Amy, SLP
It is amazing to think about how many young adults we have done a disservice to by not having them receive services in Social Thinking.
Katie, SLP
This was the best conference I have been to in my 9 years. I cannot wait to get back to school and start using all of the materials/ strategies.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, discover an array of strategies that improve social competencies, academic performance, and teach to the State Standards! Use the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment to delve into a person's strengths and weaknesses and emerge with strategies tailored to the individual. Learn how to effectively use our Superflex Curriculum to teach self-regulation and transform “Just Me” kids into “Thinking of You” kids.

We Honor YOU

weHonorYou

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.

I'M READY TO REGISTER
  • Conference Location

  • Grapevine Convention Center
  • 1209 S. Main St.
  • Grapevine, TX 76051
  • 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
Get a discounted hotel room through the Social Thinking Group Block! Click here to reserve your room online.
Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 01/20/2018

Tuesday February 6

a

Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model( ages 5 - young adult )

New information on writing goals and taking data with rubrics. Discover an array of strategies that bolster social learning and help improve performance on educational standards at the state level (including the Common Core)! Explore lessons to make the abstract social world more concrete and understandable. Through the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking learn how social ability impacts academic success. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension, organizational skills, and working in a group – and learn strategies to improve all of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping.
  • Description
  • What You Will Learn
  • Schedule
  • CEU

This conference day is designed to teach professionals and parents frameworks, concepts, and strategies so that they may better understand the social learning experience and guide others toward improved social processing and social skills. Conference attendees will gain new insights into the power of their own social emotional intelligence as they explore their social motivations and how they process and respond to social information.  We will dissect the hidden rules, contemplate how social rules change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social skills, and affects how one interprets and responds to social-academic information and assignments. Social Thinking has developed a large range of treatment* strategies, and attendees will walk away with a number of them including those for helping students avoid “the blurt”, cope with “boring moments”, and develop conversational language. Additionally, we will focus much of our attention on the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking. The ILAUGH model is an acronym to represent treatment ideas and research related to: Initiating communication, Listening with the eyes and brain, Abstracting and inferencing, Understanding perspective, Getting the gist, and Humor & human relationships. The ILAUGH model not only demonstrates why people with social learning challenges have weaker social skills but also how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension and organizational skills. As we wrap up the day, we will explore how we want to “teach in the roots” and not through the leaves of Social Thinking’s Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write achievable IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information presented on this conference day applicable to all students as it pertains to social emotional learning, and audiences around the world love that it furthers their own social emotional insights! *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how teaching "think with your eyes" is different from simply teaching good eye contact.
  2. Explain why a person with social learning deficits may have reading comprehension problems in the classroom.
  3. Distinguish and describe the difference between a useful IEP goal and one that is of little benefit.
  4. Describe how the use of spiral bound strategy cards can facilitate teaching how to initiate communication.
  5. Explain how gestalt processing relates to written expression and organizational skills.
  6. Describe a strategy to help students avoid blurting. 

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 Introduce concepts of Social Thinking and the social academic connection.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Introduce the ILAUGH Model: Initiation and Listening with Eyes and Brain
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Abstracting/inferencing and understanding perspective.
2:15-2:25 Break
2:25-3:45
Gestalt thinking and developing IEP goals: "Winnerman's" worst goals and discussion about creating rubrics to help with IEP goal measurement.

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.

Wednesday February 7

b

The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies ( ages 5 - young adult )

Delve into the inner mind of a person with social learning challenges. Our Informal Dynamic Assessment is designed to uncover why an individual may struggle to work in a group or interpret information. Use the results to tailor treatment* plans and track progress. Through video clips and discussion learn central concepts for running effective Social Thinking treatment groups and lessons to use at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, The Friendship Pyramid, and The Spirals of Social Anxiety.
  • Description
  • What You Will Learn
  • Schedule
  • CEU

We launch the day exploring three practical frameworks and teaching strategies. First, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM) is a visual framework that teaches how to better understand the social expectations in a given situation. SBM then guides us to strategies specific to an individual’s needs as they discover what’s “expected" or “unexpected" in a social situation and how their behavior impacts the feelings of others.  How others feels about us impacts how they treat us in that situation and ultimately affects our own feelings!  Social Behavior Mapping has been widely adopted for use with all ages.  This core Social Thinking tool reflects our Cognitive Behavioral teaching style. Next, we explain through a visual framework the journey between learning to be friendly and maintaining successful friendships through our Peer-a-mid of Friendships.  We will delve into what it means to be a friend, distinguishing between 1) "being friendly," 2) developing a friendship, and 3) having a "bonded friend." We will also discuss how conversational skills are only one component to keeping friends - as "hanging out" actually means we share space without necessarily talking! For individuals with strong social self-awareness but nuanced social learning challenges, social anxiety commonly emerges as another factor to be considered in treatment. The visual tools named the Spiral of Social Success and the Spiral of Social Failure guide how we teach social competencies while also teaching how to manage social anxiety.We will also offer some basic concepts and ideas for running Social Thinking groups.  Our treatment goals are to help make the abstractions of the social world more easily interpreted through our concrete explanations! We round out the day by demonstrating to parents and professionals how to better understand the inner minds of individuals with social learning challenges when our standardized testing falls short. We introduce the Informal Dynamic Social Thinking  (IDST) Assessment, a tool described in Michelle's book, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition. IDST assessment tasks are useful as part of the initial or three-year testing process – and can also be used by any parent or professional to better understand how an individual processes and responds to social information. The IDST is invaluable in learning more about the way individuals think, and how their social thinking challenges affect their social and academic learning. This, in turn, illuminates why they need direct teaching of social concepts and arms us with relevant knowledge to determine specific treatment strategies that are best aligned with their needs. Video footage of the informal assessment will demonstrate ways in which all of us (diagnosticians, parents, paraprofessionals, treatment clinicians, etc.) can work more effectively with our students. Parents and professionals give high praise for the highly practical nature of this workshop. *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to assess "thinking with your eyes" and how this is different from identifying the direction of eye gaze.
  2. Describe the core components of the "Double Interview" and explain how it helps assess perspective taking.
  3. Describe the social-emotional chain reaction through the four columns of the Social Behavior Map.
  4. Define at least three of five different stages of the friendship pyramid and one example of how to teach “approachability”.
  5. Explain how the “excuse bucket” impacts an individual’s ability to teach their brain new concepts and skills.

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 Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking to better understand how our social attention triggers social responsiveness.  Introduce our Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment tasks.
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-12:00 Use of video to demonstrate the four Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment tasks and reviewing their impact on treatment planning.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Explore key factors to consider when developing Social Behavior Mapping.  The audience will create a social behavior map specific to their situation.  Review the Friendship Peer-a-Mid and discuss how to use it with students of different ages.
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:45
Explore how social competencies are part of the Social Anxiety treatment process. Introduce the Spirals of Anxiety as a treatment tool. Learn about running Social Thinking groups.

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 February 8

m

Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning( ages 5 - 14 )

You've asked for this day! Learn how to effectively use two of our key teaching materials: our award-winning first book in the Superflex series, You are a Social Detective! and our Superflex Curriculum to boost social awareness, social learning, and self-regulation. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Response to Intervention. These books are designed for elementary school-age children, but we explain how to modify them for use with slightly older and younger kids. Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference to help our kids transform from 'Me' thinkers to 'We' thinkers!
  • Description
  • What You Will Learn
  • Schedule
  • CEU

You asked for this day! You have been asking about how to use some of our core curricula with different types of learners and ages – and voila – here is the answer. This workshop day will focus on how to use strategies in our core curricula You are a Social Detective! and Superflex®. We will explore how to use these and other tools to foster social attention and self regulation in developmentally appropriate ways for students in kindergarten through middle school. We will describe the connections between the Social Thinking concepts and the Common Core/State Standards, how these concepts integrate with Social Emotional Learning, and the interrelationships with Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS). This interactive conference day will be filled with creative group activities to help our students move from being 'Me' thinkers to 'We' thinkers!   More specifically we will be exploring: The core concepts we are teaching through these curricula that weaves throughout the school-age years. Linking the Common Core/State Standards and examples of how You are a Social Detective and Superflex have been used in the mainstream classroom to help teach literature, writing, conflict resolution and working as part of a group. How we adapt our teachings for Kindergartners, young elementary school students, older elementary school students, and how the core lessons transfer into middle school and high school. How to encourage children to become social detectives to figure out the hidden rules. Creative ideas to help students learn self-awareness, self-monitoring and self-control through the teachings of Superflex's Five-Point Power Plan. How these lessons are used as part of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI). How to foster your own super-flexible creativity when teaching these lessons to your own children or students. PLEASE NOTE: This conference day focuses on the use of the books You are a Social Detective, Superflex… a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum, to teach concepts related to Social Thinking. Our intention is NOT to market the products, but instead teach how to use these curricula in the manner they were designed. Our hope is to increase the consistency and fidelity in the ways in which all of us are teaching these concepts. If you (or your district or place of employment) are uncomfortable with a full day focusing on strategies related to products, please select another conference day to attend.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the concept of 'hidden rules' and its importance for self-monitoring and behavioral regulation.
  2. Describe how Superflex teaches self-awareness, self-monitoring and self-control to 3rd-5th graders.
  3. Explain how the curricula You are a Social Detective! and Superflex can be used in social-academic lessons that teach to the State/Common Core Standards (e.g. Speaking and Listening, Reading Literature, and Writing) for all elementary school grades.
  4. Explain why we modify the Superflex Curriculum for K-2nd graders so that they are not asked to defeat their Unthinkables.
  5. Explain how Superflex's Five Point Power Plan helps to foster deeper social learning for 3-5th graders.
  6. Describe how implementing Social Thinking Vocabulary, You are A Social Detective! and Superflex can be utilized school-wide to support the mission of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:15 Explore Social Thinking as a "meaning maker" and it's ties to executive functioning, social attention and cognitive flexibility. Review the basic idea of Social Thinking Vocabulary © and how to share this broadly through You Are a Social Detective!
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Connect the teachings of Social Detective and Superflex to the Common Core or State Educational Standards by exploring the social academic connection. information on emotional dysregulation and Superflex's teachings.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Extension of Superflex for all students through PBIS. Newest teachings related to Superflex for 3rd to 5th graders: Powerpals and Thinkables.
2:15-2:25 Break
2:25-3:45
Newest teachings of Social Detective and Superflex for K-2 and linking it to the Common Core. Extend concepts learned from Superflex but explored through a new lens with middle and high school students.

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.

Full Pricing & Discount Options

Early Bird Expires Jan 23
270 DAYS
Professional
EARLY BIRD REGULAR
# of Days Single Team* Single Team
20% off 25% off - 10% off
1 $196.00 $183.75 $245.00 $220.50
2 $347.20 $325.50 $434.00 $390.60
3 $495.20 $464.25 $619.00 $557.10
*Team Discount Rates Apply to Quantity of 5+
Nonprofessional
# OF DAYS EARLY BIRD REGULAR STANDARD
30% off 15% off -
1 $171.50 $208.25 $245.00
2 $303.80 $368.90 $434.00
3 $433.30 $526.15 $619.00
Providers
# of Days EARLY BIRD REGULAR
Single Team* Single Team
1 $196.00 $183.75 $245.00 $220.50
2 $347.20 $325.50 $434.00 $390.60
3 $495.20 $464.25 $619.00 $557.10
*Team Discount Rates Apply to a Purchase Quantity of 5
BEST VALUE

Attend all Conference Days

  • a
  • +
  • b
  • +
  • m
  • +
Up to 20% Off
- +
$0.00 ADD ALL DAYS TO CART
OR

Create Your Own Combination of Days

Click the Checkboxes to Make Your Selection
  • a
    Tuesday Feb 06 Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model
  • b
    Wednesday Feb 07 The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies
  • m
    Thursday Feb 08 Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning

Interested in Attending?

Choose Your Track Below to see Full Pricing & Discount Grid

I am a

Professional
Nonprofessional
GO

Pricing Track

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.

 

Canada

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)

ASHA

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

commonwelth

 

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

NBCC

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. 

 

 

Courses4Teachers & University of the Pacific

Courses4Teachers

 

Earn Professional Development Credit
Earn three Semester Units of University of the Pacific Graduate-Level, Professional Development Credit for your work related to or inspired by Social Thinking training events. Learn more at www.courses4teachers.net/credit-for-social-thinking or by contacting Courses4Teachers at (925) 837-3817 or Courses4Teachers@Courses4Teachers.net.