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

Tacoma, WA | November 13 - 16, 2017

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Tacoma
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  • Hotel Murano
  • 1320 Broadway Plaza
  • Tacoma, WA 98402
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Description

In Tacoma, learn strategies to help children through young adults develop their social competencies. Discover Social Thinking Vocabulary to help children improve perspective taking, and learn how to differentiate your teaching based on a child’s performance on the Group Play & Problem Solving ScaleTM. Help teens find their motivation, foster social executive functions, and explore their options post high school. Finally, 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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You deserve to be treated well! We are proud to provide conference attendees with all day coffee & tea and a full lunch buffet with afternoon dessert. A sampling of vegetarian & gluten free options are 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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Monday November 13, 2017

Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities

ages 4 - 7

Guide 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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday November 14, 2017

What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Learning for Early Learners

ages 4 - 7

Promote executive functioning with fun and innovative strategies to help kids understand and improve their group, classroom, and play dynamics. We’ll thoroughly explore how to figure out social expectations, make smart guesses, and other Social Thinking concepts. We’ll also delve into our new assessment and treatment-planning tool, which is paired with a checklist and play activities. The goal of this course is to offer cutting-edge information and teach attendees how to use We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers with fidelity. Builds on the precursory course, “Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners Through Stories and Play-Based Activities.”

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Social executive functioning is at the heart of successful play, social interaction, and learning as part of a group. In this course, we’ll teach how to move from the five basic Social Thinking lessons in We Thinkers! Volume 1 (formerly named The Incredible Flexible You!) to the more complex lessons presented in Volume 2. Attendees will engage in group-learning activities that align with the research and learn strategies to use in their classroom, clinic, or home the very next day! Explore concepts such as: the role of play and working as part of a group in the development of self-regulation, social problem solving, and executive functioning. We will also look at why a child who has difficulty with social attention will have trouble with sharing an imagination and interacting/playing with peers. We delve into teaching kids to become better social observers, and tips for deciphering the “hidden rules” and social expectations of a situation. From there we move to teaching strategies around the concepts of Flexible versus Stuck Thinking, recognizing the Size of the Problem, making Smart Guesses, and Sharing an Imagination. Learn to use our newest tool, Social Thinking’s Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS) to understand the five different levels of play and how they relate to classroom participation and academic standards! Understand how this play scale interfaces with and expands upon other known scales such as the Westby Play Scale (2000), a gold standard in the literature of play assessment. Learn how the lessons and activities in the We Thinkers! curriculum are adapted for each level of the Social Thinking GPS, and how the information can be used in Pre-K-2 mainstream classrooms as part of social emotional learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. Our goal is to teach how to use We Thinkers! Volume 2 and related treatment ideas with fidelity. The information presented on this day builds on the five core Social Thinking concepts presented in our precursory course, “Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities.”

*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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Wednesday November 15, 2017

“I’m going to be a video game designer!” Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World

ages 11 - young adult

Adolescence is a complicated time. Some students are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves or others. What’s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, social anxiety, social learning challenges, independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts that we’ll explore and discuss. By day’s end, you’ll have a larger toolkit to assist students in learning about their own executive functioning, sharpening their perspective taking, and developing their own personal public relations and self-management campaigns.

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Adolescence, angst, and apathy - the characteristics routinely used to describe teens and young adults who yearn for independence, but often have no plan for getting there. Developmentally, this time is called the “Transition to Adulthood" and we, as teams, develop plans, outline trajectories, and write goals to facilitate the process. We teach the importance of both academic and social skills, but at the end of the day it's not uncommon to hear, "No thanks, I'm just gonna design video games so I don't really need to learn that other stuff."  Interestingly, no matter where we travel around the globe, the love affair between the teenager and the field of video game design poses a stumbling block to more realistic planning and preparation for the social demands of the adult world. This transition can overwhelm individuals born to social learning challenges, even those who are “bright” with strong language skills. This conference focuses on helping parents and professionals (e.g., teachers, counselors, psychologists, speech language pathologists) prepare for - and respond to - this transition. Specifically, we will explore the more nuanced expectations that come with the emergence into adulthood and strategies to help individuals develop a more mature social mindset.

The day is organized to address some of the most common statements from our tweens/teens and young adults including: - "I just want to have a friend.” (Preferably a boy/girlfriend!)

  • "I saw a video on YouTube, so I got this."
  • "I already know how to hang out, I just don't know what to say."
  • "I thought the person just wanted to hang out (not take advantage of me)."
  • "My parents are driving me nuts!"
  • "I know what to do, but it stresses me out."

 

We will use the research related to friendships, anxiety, social communication, and perspective takings to teach concrete strategies for:

  • Becoming comfortable with discomfort  
  • Understanding the levels of friendship and approachability
  • Encouraging self awareness and accountability
  • Understanding stress and anxiety (the good, the bad, and the roadblocks)
  • Motivation and grit (the good 4 letter word)

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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 November 16, 2017

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 managing social anxiety, peer coaching for teens, understanding social input and output, and implementing Social Thinking school-wide.

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Building Social Competency Using Everyday Stuff: Project Based Learning and Social Thinking

Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, Social Thinking Chief Strategy Officer of Research and Clinical Services

Developing motivating, yet targeted activities and lessons for expanding social competencies can be challenging – even for the most seasoned professional. And, the costs associated with obtaining commercial products for intervention packages can be a hardship for therapists or educators on a shoestring budget. The idea that social goals can be targeted in project based group activities using materials readily available to almost anyone is both appealing and cost effective. Project based learning (PBL) is one way in which therapists and educators can teach on a deeper level at a slower pace, while targeting flexible thinking, social thinking, and social problem solving through inquiry, collaboration and self-management. Social Thinking is a cognitive-based methodology whose constructs and philosophy are complementary and supplementary to PBL. This talk will show examples of how two different Social Thinking concepts can be supported using a modified PBL framework across two different age groups.

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, 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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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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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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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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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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$495.20

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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
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Full 4 day Conference

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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
$639.20

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
$559.30

Full 4 day Conference

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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

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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.
30% 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.
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Full 4 day Conference

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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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    Mon Nov 13, 2017

    Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities

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    Tue Nov 14, 2017

    What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Learning for Early Learners

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    Wed Nov 15, 2017

    “I’m going to be a video game designer!” Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World

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    Thu Nov 16, 2017

    Taste of Our Providers’ Conference

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