Monday November 13, 2017
Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities
ages 4 - 7Guide children's early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Using video examples, multisensory lessons, and play, we provide strategies to teach children core Social Thinking concepts to help them learn in a group, think about others, use their whole body to listen, etc. This course teaches parents and professionals to implement with fidelity our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers (formerly The Incredible Flexible You!). The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature.
This course introduces professionals and parents to the many important facets of development that underlie social learning in preschool- and early elementary-aged children. What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative pretend play and learn as part of a group depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self-regulation, and solid social-emotional development as well as the executive function skills to multi-task the use of all of the above! The Common Core Standards highlight the importance of “listening and collaboration” in the classroom, which are hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and during the early elementary years. This course is designed to give participants knowledge of the key researched components of social cognitive development from birth to five years of age as they connect to the core concepts taught through our curriculum. Social-emotional growth, executive functioning/self-regulation, and their interactive impact on socio-communicative abilities will also be explored from a research perspective. This course will focus on how to put the research and best practices of teaching social information into action. We will introduce five Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts that have been adapted for children ages 4-7: Thoughts and Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking with Your Eyes, Body in the Group, and Whole Body Listening. We will explore methods to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play. We will also look at different strategies for service delivery in a variety of settings. Strategies for home and school are designed for young children with average to strong language and learning abilities.
*Due to the confusion caused by use of the word "flexible" in the names of many of our products, The Incredible Flexible You series name has changed to We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers. No content has been changed in Volume 1; only the name has changed. Volume 2 is named We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers.
Participants will be able to:
- Discuss the difference between a skills-based approach and a social cognitive-based approach.
- Identify at least three key milestones that underlie the development of social cognitive skills from birth to five years of age.
- Explain why a preschool- or early elementary-aged child with a social cognitive learning challenge may have trouble with learning as part of a group.
- Identify ways to structure learning experiences in preschool and early elementary settings.
- Describe ways to teach at least three Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts to students ages 4-7.
|7:30-8:30||Sign in and use "expected" social behavior to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
|8:30-10:00||Explore the difference between a skills-based approach and a social cognitive-based approach in teaching social to young learners. Introduce the key components of social cognitive development from birth to five years of age.
|10:10-12:00||Best practices for teaching Social Thinking to early learners using the Social Thinking Vocabulary. Introduce the concepts: Thoughts and Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking with Your Eyes. Practical strategies to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play.
|12:00-12:50||Break for Lunch|
|12:50-2:00||Social Thinking Vocabulary: Body in the Group, Whole Body Listening. Practical strategies to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play.
||Explore frequently asked questions about implementing the Social Thinking Methodology for early learners. Bringing it all together: using Social Thinking Vocabulary as means of giving effective feedback.
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!