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

Orange County, CA | January 31 - February 2, 2018

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In Orange County, discover an array of strategies that improve social competencies, academic performance, and teach to the Common Core 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. Get a “taste” of our Providers’ Conference with a lineup of influential speakers and bring back powerful and innovative ideas to your community.

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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 January 31, 2018

Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model

ages 5 - young adult

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 that 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 each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping.
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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.

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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 February 1, 2018

The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

ages 5 - young adult

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges. Our Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment Protocol includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how our students process and respond to social information in real time. Learn related strategies to boost treatment plans and/or use at home. Explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Discuss factors to consider when running effective Social Thinking treatment groups.
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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.

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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 February 2, 2018

Taste of Our Providers’ Conference

ages 5 - young adult

Each year we host a Providers’ Conference in Northern California, where practitioners of the Social Thinking Methodology from around the world share ideas and expand their toolboxes in a multi-speaker forum. This course offers a taste of that conference—it showcases the innovative and powerful ideas from some of our favorite recent presentations. True to our mission to teach practical frameworks and widely applicable strategies, this course will cover a range of topics, including project-based learning, peer coaching for teens, understanding social input and output, and implementing Social Thinking school-wide.

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Between a Rock and a Calm Place: Classroom Strategies for Students with Anxiety-Related Behaviors
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, behavior analyst and national consultant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen- to eighteen-year-olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Heroic teachers are facing this challenge with little to no training in mental health and behavioral principles. This leaves teachers to learn on the job and rely on their instincts, and leaves students with anxiety at risk for poor outcomes such as disconnectedness from school, academic failure, poor social adjustment, and a disproportionate amount of suspensions and detentions. Students with autism or social deficits are at a greater risk than their typically-developing peers for developing anxiety and anxiety disorders such as phobias, OCD, and social anxiety disorder. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial, and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward-and-punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans, and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, social skills, and alternative responses. This workshop will translate clinical information into doable and easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.

How to Implement a Peer Social-Communication Coaching Program for Teens and Young Adults
Ann Gray, MS, CCC-SLP, Owner of Gray Communication Therapy, LLC

This presentation focuses on using Social Thinking concepts, vocabulary and practice guidelines to train neurotypical peers to fill a coaching role for students with social learning challenges. While there are established peer intervention methods for younger children, the Peer Social-Communication Coaching Program is specifically designed to create a naturalistic social situation where adolescents can practice the ideas and skills they are learning in therapy sessions. Through social-communication “working lunches,” peer coaches engage with teens with social learning weaknesses in a way that does more than just model social skills. Peer interactions expand on the “thinking behind the social” in real time. Key ideas and skills taught during a separate peer coach training program not only strengthen peers’ sensitivity to the differences of others, but also provide behaviorally-defined strategies for coaches to use during their interactions with students with various Social Thinking-Social Communication Profiles. These peer coaching sessions expand on our small group therapy sessions and provide meaningful experiences for our therapists and clients to refer to when looking for positive examples of social success, as well as provide saliency to individual goals. Whether it’s lessening anxiety, increasing “brain in the group” time, or reinforcing the Four Steps of Communication, peer coaching sessions are a valuable asset to social learning intervention plans.

Social Input and Output? What Do These Have to Do with Treatment Planning and Measurement?
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, founder of Social Thinking

From a treatment perspective, a social skills program is only as good as the interventionist’s knowledge of how people learn and ultimately produce social skills. In this workshop, we will explore two mechanisms that are critical for developing social competencies: social input and social output. We will define these terms from a practical and developmental standpoint, then use this knowledge to guide participants in discovering the many social inputs required for generating informed and sophisticated output. Participants will use a visual tool (i.e., Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model) to guide their journey in understanding the relationship of input/output to establishing everyday treatment priorities. We will also demonstrate the ways in which narrative data can track students’ evolving abilities in their own social input and output.

Social Thinking in Schools Across the Ages

Sarah Bartosch, MS, CCC-SLP and Tricia LaPlante, MS, CCC-SLP, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Wisconsin

In response to the increasing numbers of students needing social cognitive intervention, the staff in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (Wisconsin) have implemented a continuum of services utilizing Social Thinking frameworks and curricula for students ranging from those in early childhood programming through students transitioning to adulthood (4-18 years old). The continuum of services has grown from a therapeutic pull-out service, delivered only by speech language pathologists, to a more comprehensive model. District programming has expanded to include a specially designed two-year course for credit at the high school level, daily instruction by special educators at the intermediate level, as well as school-wide implementation by student services personnel at the elementary level. In addition, several groups of regular educators are utilizing Social Thinking Vocabulary and curricula within their classrooms for the benefit of all students. At all levels, pull-out services by special education staff and speech language pathologists continue to be utilized to address the needs of those students who require additional instruction and practice. Over the last eight years, our district teams have gained insight into both the positive impact and the challenges related to the implementation of social intervention programs, as well as the need for a broad continuum of services. In this talk, we will discuss a variety of implementation options that can be tailored to fit within any school setting.

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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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If you’re registering four or less people for this conference choose the option “Individual/Small Group”.
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Early Bird Price (through JAN 17)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r paraprofessional or professional work.
20% 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.
30% Off

Full Price (JAN 31 - FEB 2)

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Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r paraprofessional or professional work.
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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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      11% Off 2 Day
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Early Bird Price (through JAN 17)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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 confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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
$464.25

Full Price (JAN 31 - FEB 2)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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 confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$619.00

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
$526.15

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$557.10

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