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Minneapolis, MN | October 10 - 12, 2018

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  • Millennium Minneapolis Hotel
  • 1313 Nicollet Mall
  • Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Special Accommodations
    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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    Our conferences can sell out well in advance. Please register and receive your confirmation number BEFORE booking travel arrangements. We’d hate for you to show up and not have a seat!


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    Get your hotel room at a discount through the Social Thinking Group Block! Make reservations online or call 612-332-6000 and ask for the Social Thinking group rate.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 09/14/2018
Description

In Minneapolis, refine strategies and interventions for sharpening executive function skills to improve written expression, abstract thinking, and social conversation skills. Discover unique assessment tasks to reveal how individuals process and respond to social information in real time, and evolve your knowledge of core Social Thinking Vocabulary, concepts, and treatment frameworks.

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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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Master Class: Advanced Implementation of Executive Function Interventions

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Wednesday October 10, 2018

Master Class: Advanced Implementation of Executive Function Interventions

age 10 - adult

This master class is for professionals who want to advance their strategies and techniques and refine their scope and sequence in implementing executive function strategies. Gain new insight into utilizing the 360 Thinking Program interventions, including where to start, setting goals for your students, and building a toolbox of strategies for teaching executive function skills. Learn advanced techniques for teaching students to channel their motivation and go from intention to action by creating and carrying out plans and sustaining forethought for task planning across different time horizons. Master systematic ways to develop a student’s situational intelligence and self-regulation to stop, observe, and read a room, orient to the expectation in a moment in time, decide on a course of action, and act within allotted time frames. Understand the relationship between speed of processing and executive function and learn practical strategies to improve written expression, abstract thinking, and social conversation skills. This course is full to the brim with powerful information that you can implement immediately!
Description

To maximize learning, attendees should have a basic understanding of executive function skills. This course does NOT teach executive function fundamentals, but uses experiential learning to show how executive function interventions can develop independent executive function skills in your students. For each strategy, there will be examples for elementary, middle, and high school students. We will review 360 Thinking program interventions, advanced applications of the Get Ready-Do-Done model to teach a student how to visualize, sequence, and complete complex tasks, strategies to improve speed of information processing in clients, executive function–related aspects of initiation, retrieval of ideas, and organization to improve written expression, and much more!


Topics to be addressed:

  • A brief review of the 360 Thinking model of executive function skills
  • Advanced applications of the Get Ready-Do-Done model to teach a student how to visualize complex tasks, then sequence and plan the requisite steps to complete assigned work
  • Advanced methods to improve a student’s ability to calculate the time needed (the temporal window) to complete tasks and self-monitor the passage of hourly and daily time
  • Creating and sticking to time markers when working in the DO phase
  • Increase situational intelligence and teach students how to STOP and read the room in the moment—and when using forethought for anticipating novel events and actions
  • Learn how to address the executive function–related aspects of initiation, retrieval of ideas, and organization to improve written expression
  • Improve speed of information processing for mimetic ideational information processing (MIME), figurative language, social conversation, and written expression

Let’s go deeper into some of these concepts:


Situational Intelligence
Many students with EF weaknesses struggle on almost a daily basis to be on time to class, to have the required materials, to initiate and complete assignments. This often prompts a referral for an evaluation. However, because evaluations typically take place in a highly structured setting with a limited number of factors to attend to, students can hold information in their working memory, process information, and execute effectively on the test—resulting in high to above average scores and not qualifying for special education services. But, when situational factors such as peers, environmental cues, materials, and directions to attend to increase even slightly and students have to integrate and organize these factors to regulate their behavior, executive control processes dramatically decline. As is often the case, executive function challenges are not a correlate of IQ, but instead of SQ, situational intelligence. In this course, learn strategies to help a student go from intention to action and strengthen their situational intelligence: to STOP, observe and read a room, orient to the expectation in a moment in time, decide what is required, and act within the allotted time frame.


Mimetic Ideational Information Processing (MIME)
Many students with social competency challenges struggle with the ability to plan for and simulate future events in order to meet their goals. The goal of getting to class on time may be a huge struggle if a student is not able to imagine all the steps required, predict how his or her emotions will change, and use self-talk to help him/herself manage each step. Learn many practical strategies to teach students to mentally time travel to simulate possible future scenarios based on Mimetic Ideational Information Processing (MIME).


Processing Speed
Processing speed (PS) measures how quickly we can perceive information, understand it, and formulate and execute a response. It is not the same as intelligence—in fact, research shows PS was significantly impaired in 80% of students diagnosed with high to above average IQ and ADHD. Explore strategies to overcome slower processing to help students complete routines, follow instructions, finish homework, integrate and encode information, write assignments that require complex thoughts, transition between tasks, keep pace with the flow and process nuance in social conversations, and much more. Students with PS challenges can be rigid or concrete thinkers given the reduced speed and accuracy with which they can abstract new associations, identify similarities and differences, or extract global themes. Learn to teach students schematic pattern perception to help them shift from the concrete to the abstract.


Deepen your knowledge and ability to support those with executive function challenges by applying the wide range of concepts and practical strategies delivered in this master class!

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 October 11, 2018

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 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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Friday October 12, 2018

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity

ages 5 - young adult

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the “expected” behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!
Description

It’s time to get practical! Using Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, learn to guide individuals to better socially attend, interpret, problem solve and respond to social information. Explore how to teach three core treatment*-based frameworks and more than 20 unique strategies based on Social Thinking Vocabulary and related activities. Teach students to better interpret and respond to their social world by making smart guesses to discover hidden social rules. Learn systematic and logical ways to encourage social responsibility by learning about our own and others’ social thinking. Explore how our thinking about a situation and what we know about others can help us create the expected behaviors that support our relationships. Learn how we make these abstract concepts more concrete by reviewing a variety of activities through clinical examples. Our evidence-based Social Thinking Vocabulary is the foundation of our teaching programs, and research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrates how individuals benefit from learning these concepts. The study found that once children were taught how to think about these concepts, they were able to generalize the information.


Social Thinking’s treatment-based frameworks and strategies can easily be used in conjunction with programs such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RTI) and other social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for all students.


Motivational developmental tools such as our We Thinkers! curricula for 4- to 7-year-olds, You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex… a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum will also be reviewed to help participants see how these materials teach key lessons.


Participants will work in groups to learn how to use Social Thinking concepts to create their own lesson plan. We explore how to make lessons applicable across a variety of environments and focus on enabling students to apply these lessons in their lives. Most lessons are further explained in the book Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students (Winner, 2005), which is used in schools around the world.


How does improving social competencies also improve academic performance? The Social Thinking Methodology recognizes that the social mind not only helps us interact with others, but also has a considerable impact on our success in school and later in life. We use our social competencies to understand the relationships of characters in a novel (impacting our reading comprehension), to write an effective essay that acknowledges the reader’s perspective, to understand that it’s not enough to do your homework, you have to turn it in for the teacher to know you did it! We use our social mind in almost everything we do throughout our life. In this course, we’ll discuss the important connection between social competencies and academic performance. For more information on this topic, check out the book: Why Teach Social Thinking? Questioning Our Assumptions About What It Means to Learn Social Skills.


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

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

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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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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.
30% Off
$303.80

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Full 3 day Conference

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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
$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
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Full Price (SEP 27 - OCT 12)

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

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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
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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.
30% Off
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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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