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

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  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Ana-OC Airport
  • 201 East MacArthur Blvd
  • Santa Ana, CA 92707
  • 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 Elena Samsonova at conferences@socialthinking.com, or (408) 557-8595 x325.

     

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Description

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 concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group—and learn strategies to help individuals improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help students with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.
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This course is designed to teach professionals and parents the social learning frameworks, concepts, and strategies needed to guide others toward improved social processing and social competencies. 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 hidden social rules, contemplate how social expectations change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social competencies and affects how students interpret and respond 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 approaches for helping students avoid “the blurt,” cope with boring moments, and develop conversational language.


Much of the day will focus on the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition. ILAUGH is an acronym for Initiating Communication, Listening with Eyes and Brain, Abstract and Inferential Thinking, Understanding Perspective, Getting the Big Picture, and Humor & Human Relatedness. The ILAUGH model demonstrates not only why people with social learning challenges have weaker social abilities 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 to teach at the roots—and not through the leaves—of Social Thinking’s Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write realistic IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information in this course 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 using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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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 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 three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Learn about Social Thinking’s treatment pathway and tips for working with different types of social learners.
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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-IFA 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 (i.e., 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 three (3) 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.


Next, we explain maintaining successful friendships through a visual treatment framework called the Friendship Pyramid. We will delve into what it means to be a friend, including the differences between being friendly, developing a friendship, and having a bonded friend. We will also discuss how conversational skills are only one component of friendship, considering how hanging out can mean 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. We share how we teach social competencies and social anxiety management with the visual treatment framework using the Spiral of Social Success and the Spiral of Social Failure.


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. We will also discuss treatment tips for different types of social learners.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

What You Will Learnarrow-down
Schedulearrow-down
CE Credit arrow-down

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

4 Courses in 1 Day: Building Social Competencies at School and Beyond

age 5 - young adult

Fill your toolbox with a variety of fresh and powerful ideas! This collection of short courses provides clear, practical, creative, and inclusion-oriented teachings to fuel your imagination and your motivation. Originally presented at the Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference, these courses received rave reviews and offered such pertinent strategies that we were inspired to share them with the world. The day will cover: 1) Social Thinking’s new Social Competency Model, outlining four steps to teaching social competencies; 2) strategies to manage social anxiety; 3) tips for implementing the Social Thinking Methodology school-wide; and 4) implementing a peer coaching program in which teens and young adults can practice what they’ve learned and support peers.
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Fill your toolbox with a variety of fresh and powerful ideas! This collection of short courses—originally presented at the Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference—received rave reviews and offers such pertinent strategies that we were inspired to share all four with the world. Together, these short courses provide clear, practical, creative, and inclusion-oriented teachings to fuel your imagination and your motivation.


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 anxious students 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 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 is key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward-and-punishment approach 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 and 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 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 “thinking behind the social” process 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 considered socially challenged in the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile. These peer coaching sessions expand on small group therapy sessions and provide meaningful experiences for therapists and clients to refer to when looking for positive examples of social success; they also 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.

Attend, Interpret, Problem Solve, Respond: Teaching the Foundations of Social Competencies
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, founder of Social Thinking

The Social Thinking Methodology encourages the development of social competencies beyond simply focusing on teaching social skills. What does this mean? In this short course, Michelle will introduce how the Social Thinking Methodology helps establish relevant social attention as the first step in the four-part treatment* process of teaching social competencies. The concluding fourth step relates to producing a meaningful social response that meets one of an individual’s social goals.

Through this journey Michelle will explore how social attention drives social input before a person can decide how to formulate their social output. Distinguishing one’s own thoughts and emotions from the thoughts and emotions of others provides an additional layer of information. Participants will use a visual tool, Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, to understand the relationship between each of these four treatment steps and discuss related treatment priorities. Michelle will also demonstrate the ways in which narrative data can track how students’ social competencies are evolving.

*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

Social Thinking in Schools Across the Ages

Sarah Bartosch, MS, CCC-SLP and Tricia LaPlante, MS, CCC-SLP

In response to the increasing number of students needing social-cognitive intervention, the staff in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (Wisconsin) has implemented a continuum of services utilizing Social Thinking frameworks and curricula for students ranging from those in early childhood programming through those transitioning to adulthood (ages 4–18). 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, and 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.

What You Will Learnarrow-down
Schedulearrow-down
CE Credit arrow-down

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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Early Bird Price (through JAN 24)

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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 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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Full Price (JAN 25 - FEB 02)

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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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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 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

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
$464.25

Full Price (JAN 25 - FEB 02)

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

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

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
$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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    4 Courses in 1 Day: Building Social Competencies at School and Beyond

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