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Orange County, CA | January 30 - February 1, 2019

Orange County
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  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Ana-OC Airport
  • 201 East MacArthur Blvd
  • Santa Ana, CA 92707
  • 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.


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    Our conferences can sell out well in advance. Please register and receive your confirmation number BEFORE booking travel arrangements. We’d hate for you to show up and not have a seat!


    Hotel Discount
    Get your hotel room at a discount through the Social Thinking Group Block! Make reservations online or call 714-442-1910 and ask for the Social Thinking group rate.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 01/17/2019
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Early Bird DiscountEnjoy an additional 10% off your registration through January 15, 2019! Many of our recent conferences sold out before the Early Bird discount expired, so please register soon to secure your seat. Note: Due to annual increases in the cost of renting space and providing a full lunch for each attendee, we had to raise our conference prices starting in 2019. Thank you for understanding!


In Orange County, discover dozens of ready-to-use strategies to help students develop executive function skills, learn more than 20 unique Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary for teaching social competencies, and engage in hands-on activities to explore the depth and complexity of emotions, helping to unpack and teach about emotional self-regulation and social communication.

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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 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

     

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Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

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Wednesday January 30, 2019

Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

ages 4 - 18

This is a practical-strategies seminar! Clearly define executive function skills and determine the most effective treatment interventions. Learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop executive function skills, including devising plans to achieve their goals using self-talk and self-initiating; transitioning to higher priority tasks; and controlling their impulses and emotions to successfully complete a task. Improve student awareness skills so that they can “read a room,” create an appropriate action plan, and infer possible outcomes. Teach students to see and sense the passage of time, accurately estimate how long tasks will take, change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames. Learn methods to improve a student’s ability to cognitively shift and be flexible in processing and accessing information. Learn how to use Get Ready * Do * Done to turn lesson and treatment plans into powerful tools to teach students executive control skills.
Description

To successfully execute, children need to be aware of task demands and set goals. Then they must access forethought and hindsight to think in an organized way and to sustain their focus on the relevant features of the task at hand. As students mature they learn to organize time, space, and materials and develop the reasoning skills to consider multiple outcomes to problems; recognize gray areas; and manage both expected and unexpected changes in plans, routines, rules, and novel situations. Students must fluidly shift between changing task demands and carrying out multiple complex steps to achieve expected goals.


Self-regulation is essential for task execution and involves: 1) any action that allows students to stop and direct themselves; 2) how this action results in behavior change; 3) how this improves the likelihood of goal attainment. Termed mimetic ideational information processing (MIME), individuals mentally “mime” the idea and do a “dry run” of their impending actions to simulate possible future scenarios. In effect, it is mental trial and error.


Our executive function program teaches students to be a Mind MIME: to mentally pre-simulate an experience to successfully achieve a future goal. This episodic future thinking is essential for flexibility of actions and thoughts as it enables us to simulate an optimal future scenario and anticipate possible problems so we can pre-plan for and select possible courses of action. At the core of Social Thinking is the concept of “social thinking,” a process in which we consider the thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, knowledge, and actions of another person along with the context of the situation to understand that person’s experience and imagine how they may be perceiving us. This could also be characterized as “thinking about you thinking about me” (which is also the title of the foundational book about the Social Thinking Methodology. Central to social-executive functioning is “thinking about future me,” where one uses theory of mind to consider and make smart guesses about what their future selves would be doing, thinking, feeling, and saying. Visualizing ‘future me’ enables us to compare “planned vs. actual” so we can self-regulate and adapt in the moment as we experience glitches and distractions. Many students with social thinking challenges struggle with self-projection, episodic scene construction, and the ability to simulate future events.


In this practical-strategies seminar you will learn how to clearly define executive function skills to determine the most effective treatment* interventions. Understand the development of the executive function skills and what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction,” and learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop executive function skills. Teach students to develop a “memory for the future,” devise plans to achieve a goal, use self-talk, self-initiate, transition to the next task of higher priority, and control their impulses and emotions to successfully complete a task. Improve students’ awareness skills so they can “read a room” and formulate an appropriate action plan while inferring possible outcomes. Teach students to note the passage of time, accurately estimate how long tasks will take, change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames. Learn methods to improve students’ ability to cognitively shift and be flexible in processing and accessing information. Learn how to use the Get Ready * Do * Done model to turn core curriculum and lesson/treatment plans into powerful tools to teach students executive control skills. Walk away with plenty of fresh approaches to help students develop automaticity for routines and transitions.


*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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Thursday January 31, 2019

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity

ages 5 - young adult

Learn more than 20 Social Thinking strategies and three core treatment frameworks to guide individuals to better attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond to social information. Help individuals 1) observe and respond to situations based on the context and determine the “expected” behaviors of each situation, 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social-communicative competence, and 3) discover strategies for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding, and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging course!
Description

It’s time to get practical! Using Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, learn to guide individuals to better socially attend, interpret, problem solve and respond to social information. Explore how to teach three core treatment*-based frameworks and more than 20 unique strategies based on Social Thinking Vocabulary and related activities. Teach students to better interpret and respond to their social world by making smart guesses to discover hidden social rules. Learn systematic and logical ways to encourage social responsibility by learning about our own and others’ social thinking. Explore how our thinking about a situation and what we know about others can help us create the expected behaviors that support our relationships. Learn how we make these abstract concepts more concrete by reviewing a variety of activities through clinical examples. Our evidence-based Social Thinking Vocabulary is the foundation of our teaching programs, and research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrates how individuals benefit from learning these concepts. The study found that once children were taught how to think about these concepts, they were able to generalize the information.


Social Thinking’s treatment-based frameworks and strategies can easily be used in conjunction with programs such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RTI) and other social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for all students.


Motivational developmental tools such as our We Thinkers! curricula for 4- to 7-year-olds, You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex… a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum will also be reviewed to help participants see how these materials teach key lessons.


Participants will work in groups to learn how to use Social Thinking concepts to create their own lesson plan. We explore how to make lessons applicable across a variety of environments and focus on enabling students to apply these lessons in their lives. Most lessons are further explained in the book Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students (Winner, 2005), which is used in schools around the world.


How does improving social competencies also improve academic performance? The Social Thinking Methodology recognizes that the social mind not only helps us interact with others, but also has a considerable impact on our success in school and later in life. We use our social competencies to understand the relationships of characters in a novel (impacting our reading comprehension), to write an effective essay that acknowledges the reader’s perspective, to understand that it’s not enough to do your homework, you have to turn it in for the teacher to know you did it! We use our social mind in almost everything we do throughout our life. In this course, we’ll discuss the important connection between social competencies and academic performance. For more information on this topic, check out the book: Why Teach Social Thinking? Questioning Our Assumptions About What It Means to Learn Social Skills.


*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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Emotions Part 1: More Than We Think and All That We Feel

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Friday February 1, 2019

Emotions Part 1: More Than We Think and All That We Feel

ages 5 - adult

In this first course in our two-part series on emotions, Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking, will examine how emotions are an ever-present undercurrent that influence so much of what each person does, including the ability to engage in classroom learning, peer-based group work, social problem solving, and relationship building. Emotions also impact life memories (episodic memories) and fuel motivation to tackle goals. Discover why negative emotions tend to take center stage and often become barriers in an individual’s personal and academic achievement—and strategies to break the cycle. Throughout the day, participants will engage in hands-on activities and practice using practical treatment* tools to help clients, students, and patients unpack and manage their emotions, express themselves, understand others’ emotions, and strengthen interpersonal social communication. Join Michelle to explore these topics and more!

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

Overview of the Emotions series:
This course is the first of a two-day series on emotions, in which Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking, examines how emotions are the undercurrent of all forms of social communication and are at the heart of personal problem solving, motivation, and life memories (episodic memory). She explains how this information applies to typically developing individuals while also exploring how to teach it to individuals with social-emotional learning challenges. Across the series, we will explore how to teach students, patients, and clients about their emotions and social self-regulation across three contexts: 1. pursuing goals to meet individual needs; 2. working collectively to be part of a group (e.g., classroom, playground, restaurant, team); 3. interacting face-to-face with one or more people. Attendees will engage in hands-on activities and explore use of treatment* scales and frameworks to unpack the social-emotional experience for their students, patients, and clients. Strategies will be discussed to improve self-regulation, problem solving, and social communication.


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


Emotions Part 1:
In this first course, attendees will explore information and research-based treatment ideas that focus on each person’s emotional self. Join Michelle to explore these topics:


  • The negative–positive emotional framework and how the brain processes different types of emotional information
  • Emotions and personal memory making (episodic memories), which are relevant in all environments, including in school, community, home, and vocational settings
  • Memory and narrative language: how emotions impact how we explain ourselves to others, and what to do if a student, patient, or client is stuck recalling only negative experiences
  • Hands-on activities to explore the depth and complexity of an individual’s feelings and emotions, and practice using treatment tools (e.g., visual scales, treatment frameworks, etc.) to help make the implicit more explicit
  • The definition of self-conscious emotions and their tie to social anxiety
  • How emotions are embedded within Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model
  • How Superflex’s Worry Wall and other Unthinkables can be used to encourage expression of the emotional self to foster self-regulation
  • Use of manipulatives to guide individuals to express their feelings and experiences, and problem solve when language falls short
  • Case-study: Review of longitudinal treatment for a grumpy 13-year-old; how the invention of the Pyramid of Dislike paired with Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid provides self-discovery and motivation to increase peer engagement and emotional satisfaction
  • And much more!

Attendees will learn a lot to help their students, patients, and clients—and a lot about themselves—given how this fascinating topic impacts us all!

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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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.

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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
$194.39

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
$170.09

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$182.24

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
$345.59

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
$302.39

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$323.99

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
$489.59

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
$428.39

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$458.99

Early Bird Discount Already Applied

Regular 1 Day Professional Price: $269.99

(JAN 02 - FEB 01)

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
$242.99

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
$206.54

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$218.69

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
$431.99

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
$367.19

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11% Off 2 Day
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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
$611.99

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
$520.19

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$550.79

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    Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

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    Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity

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    Emotions Part 1: More Than We Think and All That We Feel

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