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October 11 - 12, 2017

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Jessica, SLP
I feel prepared to go back to my clinic, armed and ready to facilitate play and social thinking with my precious kids.
Linda, Teacher
I really appreciate listening to you both speak about the "Theory" and share practical suggestions. Thank you!!
Rae, Parent
Excellent content. I am walking away with an action list of ideas and great tools to help my son.

Explore new tools and strategies for the little ones! The information at this conference is designed for use with ages 4–7. Interested in a wider age range? Check out our sister conference in Greater Boston Oct. 23–25 for strategies to use with ages 4–young adult!

Learn enriched play and story-time techniques designed to boost social competencies in ages 4–7. Use Social Thinking Vocabulary to help early learners explore their thoughts and feelings and develop perspective taking. Tailor your teaching to individual children based on their performance on the Group Play & Problem Solving ScaleTM.

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  • 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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Wednesday October 11

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities( ages 4 - 7 )

Connecting the dots: guide children’s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social thinking and classroom learning. Using video examples and multi-sensory lessons, we provide helpful strategies and Social Thinking Vocabulary to teach children core concepts such as thinking thoughts and feeling feelings, thinking with their eyes, learning about the group plan, developing self-awareness about their body in the group, and how they use their whole body to listen! Engaging activities help kids learn in a group through social exploration and play. This course seeks to encourage the fidelity in how parents and professionals understand and implement our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers. The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature. (Note: Series formerly named The Incredible Flexible You!).

Course Content Disclosure: While this course includes information on other products (books/lessons) and the research/work of other authors, it primarily focuses on the content included in the We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers curriculum guide and storybooks for the purpose of teaching this information with fidelity.

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This course introduces professionals and parents to the many important facets of development that underlie social learning in preschool- and early elementary-aged children.  What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative pretend 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 function skills to multi-task the use of all of the above! The Common Core Standards highlight the importance of “listening and collaboration” in the classroom, which are hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and during the early elementary years. This course is designed to give participants knowledge of the key researched components of social cognitive development from birth to five years of age as they connect to the core concepts taught through our curriculum. Social-emotional growth, 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.
 
*Due to the mass confusion caused by use of the word "flexible" in the names of many of our products, The Incredible Flexible You series name has changed to We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers. No content has been changed in Volume 1; only the name has changed. Volume 2 is named We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the difference between a skills-based approach and a social cognitive-based approach.
  2. Identify at least three key milestones that underlie the development of social cognitive skills from birth to five years of age.
  3. Explain why a preschool- or early elementary-aged child with a social cognitive learning challenge may have trouble with learning as part of a group.
  4. Identify ways to structure learning experiences in preschool and early elementary settings.
  5. Describe ways to teach at least three Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts to students ages 4-7.
     
7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social behavior to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:00 Explore the difference between a skills-based approach and a social cognitive-based approach in teaching social to young learners. Introduce the key components of social cognitive development from birth to five years of age.
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-12:00 Best practices for teaching Social Thinking to early learners using the Social Thinking Vocabulary. Introduce the concepts: Thoughts and Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking with Your Eyes. Practical strategies to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:00 Social Thinking Vocabulary: Body in the Group, Whole Body Listening. Practical strategies to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play.
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:45
Explore frequently asked questions about implementing the Social Thinking Methodology for early learners. Bringing it all together: using Social Thinking Vocabulary as means of giving effective feedback.

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 October 12

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What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Learning for Early Learners( ages 4 - 7 )

Learn strategies to promote executive functioning in play, the classroom, and group collaboration! Practical, fun, and innovative strategies help kids understand group and play dynamics as well as improve how they work, play, and learn in groups.  To accomplish this, we delve deeply into teaching these concepts: understanding social expectations, flexible versus stuck thinking, identifying the size of the problem, making smart guesses, and sharing an imagination. We will also delve into our new assessment and treatment*-planning tool to assist with encouraging individualized group play and learning, called the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS), which is paired with a checklist and differentiated 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. We Thinkers! Volume 2 is the second set in a two-volume series formerly called The Incredible Flexible You!. The information presented in this course 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.”

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

  • Description
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  • CEU

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 (formerly named The Incredible Flexible You!) to the more complex lessons presented in Volume 2. Attendees will engage in group-learning activities that align with the research and learn strategies to use in their classroom, clinic, or home the very 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. We delve into teaching kids to become better social observers, and tips for deciphering 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 our newest tool, Social Thinking’s Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS) to understand the five different levels of play and how they relate to classroom participation and academic standards! Understand how this play scale interfaces with and expands upon other known scales such as the Westby Play Scale (2000), a gold standard in the literature of play assessment. Learn how the lessons and activities in the We Thinkers! curriculum are adapted for each level of the Social Thinking GPS, and how the information can be used in Pre-K-2 mainstream classrooms as part of social 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 conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two strategies for helping individuals learn to be more flexible thinkers.
  2. Describe two strategies to help individuals learn how problem solving involves self-regulation.
  3. Design a lesson to promote a child’s development of shared, collaborative, imaginative play (SCIP). 
  4. Describe two aspects of each of the five levels of play as explained through Social Thinking’s Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS). 
  5. Define two different strategies to provide differentiated instruction to students who have different interactive play abilities.
  6. Explain how to teach students how to read the “hidden rules” to figure out what behaviors are expected in a specific situation. 


7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social behavior to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:30 Explore Shared Collaborative Imaginative Play (SCIP): how it develops, the relation to social executive function, the connection to academics and classroom learning, and why it can be so difficult for an individual with a social learning challenge.
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Introduce the Social Thinking Group Collaboration, Play and Social Problem Solving Scale (GPS).
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:10 Detail the tenets of teaching and related strategies embedded in the five units of We Thinkers! Volume 2: Expected and Unexpected Behavior, Smart Guess, Flexible and Stuck Thinking.
2:10-2:25 Break
2:25-3:45
Continue to explore practical strategies for teaching We Thinkers! Volume 2: Size of the Problem, Sharing an Imagination.

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.

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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.

 

 

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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)

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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 (CES)

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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. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: CE hours are not available through CES for LMFTs in MA.

 

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

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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.

 

 

 

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