Monday October 23, 2017
ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners
ages 5 - young adultDelve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual’s age and how to enhance learning through inclusion. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational standards at the state level (including the Common Core). Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!
This conference day focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to the Common Core/State Standards and support the student with significant social processing challenges. We will concentrate specifically on students who are described as Challenged or Emerging Social Communicators (CSC and ESC) on our Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile. These students are more literal, more aloof, miss sarcasm, are less organized, show marked difficulty reading social contextual cues from people and the situation, comprehending reading material, expressing themselves through writing, and appear more awkward in their attempts to socially engage with their peers. The emphasis of this day will be around expanding our understanding of where to start and how to progress with these students based on their age, what is realistic to teach, and how to apply this learning in the inclusion-based classroom. Because this conference day is focused on expanding and deepening knowledge around Social Thinking strategies, it is advised that participants already have basic knowledge about Social Thinking and introductory treatment concepts. Participants should familiarize themselves with the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile by reading the article, Social Communication Learning Styles as a Guide to Treatment and Prognosis: The Social Thinking‐Social Communication Profile™. *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe four core characteristics of Challenged and/or Emerging Social Communicators and explain how these may impact social and academic learning.
- Describe two tools for determining strengths and challenges of concrete-based learners.
- Describe the suggested sequence of three core lessons, beginning with “I have thoughts/feelings”, when planning treatment for concrete learners.
|7:30-8:30||Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
|8:30-10:30||Explore how to teach social learning in different situations for the Challenged and Emerging Social Communicator.
|10:45-12:00||Understand and define the characteristics of individuals considered to be Challenged and Emerging Social Communicators and discuss realistic expectations for learning. Zoom in on tools that are helpful in describing characteristics of the CSC and ESC.
|12:00-12:50||Break for Lunch|
|12:50-2:15||Zoom in on the Common Core Standards for select grade levels and the relationship to social and academic learning. Explore the sequence of 3 core lessons for CSC/ESCs across environments.
||Discuss sample lessons, goals/objectives, and measuring progress (Rubric design).
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!