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

Richmond, VA | November 8 - 9, 2018

Early Bird
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Richmond
Conference Location
Hotel Location
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond - Midlothian
  • 1021 Koger Center Blvd
  • Richmond, VA 23235
  • 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.


    Hotel Discount
    Get your hotel room at a discount through the Social Thinking Group Block! Make reservations online using the group code TSP or call 804-379-3800 and ask for the Social Thinking group rate.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 10/18/2018
Description

In Richmond, learn strategies to promote social attention and perspective taking in literal thinkers who struggle to interpret what others think and feel. Help nuance-challenged social communicators deepen their social problem-solving skills, flexible thinking, and executive functioning to better navigate forming relationships, doing homework, working in groups, and more.

We Honor YOU
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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 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.

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

     

    If you have questions, concerns, or need help registering, please contact us!

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Thursday November 8, 2018

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners

ages 5 - young adult

Using video from treatment sessions, we zoom in on strategies to promote social attention and perspective taking (theory of mind) with students who interpret language very literally and struggle to interpret what others think and feel. These more literal-minded students—who may have a diagnosis of high functioning autism, ADHD, ASD, and/or sensory integration challenges—are slow to learn social skills and exhibit a range of other learning challenges related to their weak socially based critical thinking. Video-based case studies will guide how this type of student evolves in their understanding of the social world as they grow up to help illuminate treatment ideas. Audience members will receive checklists to help differentiate types of social learners and how social learning connects to the educational standards. Group treatment ideas for different age groups will also be introduced. Audience members appreciate the practical information shared across the day!
Description

This course focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to educational standards and support the student with significant social attention and social interpretation challenges. We will concentrate specifically on students who are described as Challenged Social Communicators (CSC) or Emerging Social Communicators (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 situations, comprehending reading material, and expressing themselves through writing, and they appear more awkward in their attempts to socially engage with their peers. (See this article for more common characteristics of people described as described as Challenged Social Communicators or Emerging Social Communicators.) The day will explore the power of social attention using video clips to provide explicit and practical examples for teaching basic social concepts to encourage the development of theory of mind (perspective taking), sharing social attention, and awareness of trickery.

Video case studies will explore the social learning trajectory of academically bright students who are more literal interpreters. Throughout the day we will explore the assumptions made about social attention and learning in a group, how test scores remove socially based critical thinking and executive functioning making it more difficult to truly understand a student’s real time learning abilities, and how aloof students enjoy social relationship building.  

Audience members will receive checklists featuring characteristics associated with different types of social learners, information inspired by the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile.

Examine how social learning is embedded within many academic standards and how the roots of social learning fan out across a large variety of information explored across a school day (e.g., reading comprehension, narrative language, peer engagement and group work, etc.). The use of rubrics to help with measurement of treatment* goals will be introduced.

Activities for different age groups will also be explored to promote social learning in the group treatment setting. Across the day we explain how this learning is slow and deep, with the goal being to help each student improve when compared to their own baseline abilities. Audience members appreciate the honest and very practical information shared on this day.

*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 November 9, 2018

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems

ages 5 - young adult

Explore the needs of nuance-challenged social communicators who may have diagnoses such as Asperger’s syndrome, ASD, ADHD, and social anxiety as well as traits such as perfectionism, being oppositional, etc. Usually in mainstream classes, these individuals struggle with the intricacies of developing social relationships, working through assignments, and engaging in peer-based groups. Learn how even a slight impairment in flexible thinking, emotional understanding of self and others, problem solving, self-advocacy, and nuanced social interpretations can contribute to subtle but significant social challenges. Explore related treatment strategies while also learning tips to motivate students to participate in treatment activities encouraging development of executive functioning, perspective taking, and emotion management!
Description

This course will explore how to work with individuals who struggle with self-regulation, social anxiety, and depression, who are described as Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators on our Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile. Individuals in this group may represent a range of diagnoses such as ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, NVLD, social anxiety, perfectionism, twice exceptional—or may be undiagnosed. Nuance-based social learners tend to have significant issues and are the most likely to be bullied by peers and adults—we introduce the concept of the “forgiveness factor” to detail this phenomenon. (See this article for more common characteristics of people described as Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators.)

We will explore the characteristics and social-emotional learning needs of these individuals starting at four years old, across childhood, and throughout adulthood. We will investigate the different levels of interactive play and collaboration with Social Thinking’s Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS) for use with 4- to 7-year-olds and then examine how patterns in our little ones can extend into adulthood. 

We will explore sophisticated ideas that foster the development of an individual’s perspective taking, executive functioning, and social-emotional self-management. More specifically we will examine different aspects of emotional awareness of self and others, flexible thinking, social problem solving, self-advocacy while guiding the audience through different assessment, and treatment* ideas to foster self-regulation, effective communication, and a sense of well-being. Reviewed within this day are:
  • Examples of cognitive flexibility and its relationship to dysregulation
  • How social problem solving and emotional expression are linked
  • Strategies to promote emotional self-regulation including our emotion scale and how our emotional expression is expected to shift with age
  • Learning about one’s own strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring social anxiety and some related treatment ideas
  • Enhance social competencies by utilizing Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid to explore specific strategies to help teach more sophisticated greetings, and development of acquaintance-based relationships and situational friendships.

Across the day we will give examples of treatments we provide to adults employed in the technology industry in Silicon Valley to highlight how more nuanced social-emotional learning is a mandatory part of the 21st century workforce and how accessible this information is to people of all ages. Every adult we work with reports to us that they wished someone had “taught me this information when I was 10 years old!”

Audience members report this day is not only beneficial as they explore how to help school-age students but it also helps them better understand themselves!

*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

What People Are Saying

Pricing

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

Team/Large Group: Select this option if you are registering five or more Professionals at the SAME TIME. Prices are per person. Our website can only accept one payment per team. If you would like to register a team with separate payments, please download the Registration Form under Ready to Register (below) and submit it to us. All registration info and payments must be received together for the team rate to apply.

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

Early Bird Price (through OCT 24)

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 25% Off

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

Full Price (OCT 25 - NOV 09)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off

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.
15% Off
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      11% Off 2 Day
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      $368.90

Early Bird Price (through OCT 24)

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
$196.00

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
$171.50

1 Day Pass

$183.75

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
$347.20

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
$303.80

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$325.50

Full Price (OCT 25 - NOV 09)

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

1 Day Pass

$220.50

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
$434.00

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
$368.90

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$390.60

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    Thu Nov 08, 2018

    ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners

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    Fri Nov 09, 2018

    ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems

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