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October 16 - 18, 2017

Virginia Beach
Julie, SLP
I always love attending Michelle's conferences and have learned many strategies. Thank you for being so amazing!
Terry, Guidance Counselor
There is so much practical teaching woven within Social Thinking.
Kerry, Special Ed. Teacher
Critical to the success of our students and of lifelong importance! I can't wait to bring about more meaningful change for my students and their families.

In Virginia Beach, discover an array of strategies that bolster social learning, academic performance, and teach to the state 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. Learn over 20 unique Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding and theory of mind/perspective taking.

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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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Monday October 16

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model( ages 5 - young adult )

New information on writing goals and taking data with rubrics. 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 to 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 all of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping.
  • Description
  • What You Will Learn
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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.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how teaching "think with your eyes" is different from simply teaching good eye contact.
  2. Explain why a person with social learning deficits may have reading comprehension problems in the classroom.
  3. Distinguish and describe the difference between a useful IEP goal and one that is of little benefit.
  4. Describe how the use of spiral bound strategy cards can facilitate teaching how to initiate communication.
  5. Explain how gestalt processing relates to written expression and organizational skills.
  6. Describe a strategy to help students avoid blurting. 

7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:00 Introduce concepts of Social Thinking and the social academic connection.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Introduce the ILAUGH Model: Initiation and Listening with Eyes and Brain
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Abstracting/inferencing and understanding perspective.
2:15-2:25 Break
2:25-3:45
Gestalt thinking and developing IEP goals: "Winnerman's" worst goals and discussion about creating rubrics to help with IEP goal measurement.

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!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

Tuesday October 17

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The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies ( ages 5 - young adult )

Delve into the inner mind of a person with social learning challenges. Our Informal Dynamic Assessment is designed to uncover why an individual may struggle to work in a group or interpret information. Use the results to tailor treatment* plans and track progress. Through video clips and discussion learn central concepts for running effective Social Thinking treatment groups and lessons to use at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, The Friendship Pyramid, and The Spirals of Social Anxiety.
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  • What You Will Learn
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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.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to assess "thinking with your eyes" and how this is different from identifying the direction of eye gaze.
  2. Describe the core components of the "Double Interview" and explain how it helps assess perspective taking.
  3. Describe the social-emotional chain reaction through the four columns of the Social Behavior Map.
  4. Define at least three of five different stages of the friendship pyramid and one example of how to teach “approachability”.
  5. Explain how the “excuse bucket” impacts an individual’s ability to teach their brain new concepts and skills.

7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:00 Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking to better understand how our social attention triggers social responsiveness.  Introduce our Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment tasks.
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-12:00 Use of video to demonstrate the four Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment tasks and reviewing their impact on treatment planning.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:15 Explore key factors to consider when developing Social Behavior Mapping.  The audience will create a social behavior map specific to their situation.  Review the Friendship Peer-a-Mid and discuss how to use it with students of different ages.
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:45
Explore how social competencies are part of the Social Anxiety treatment process. Introduce the Spirals of Anxiety as a treatment tool. Learn about running Social Thinking groups.

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!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

Wednesday October 18

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity( ages 5 - young adult )

Learn over 20 unique Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary! Help individuals advance their ability to understand the social context and tailor their behaviors accordingly. Help others improve their social observational skills, how they work in a group, share an imagination, understand what it means to be a "Just Me" versus "Thinking of Others" person, and relate more effectively with language. Discover tools 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 your home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging workshop!
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This conference day is all about Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts! Teach students to communicate through concepts such as “working as part of a group”, the “three parts of play,” “abstracting and inferencing information” and “sharing an imagination”. We will examine clinical examples that highlight how to make these abstract concepts more concrete and teachable. The Social Thinking Vocabulary is the backbone of Social Thinking teaching programs. Research published in 2008 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrated how individuals benefited from learning these concepts. The study found that once children were taught how to think about the concepts, they were able to generalize the information. Participants will work in groups to learn how to use Social Thinking concepts across settings, creating one or two of their own lesson plans. We explore how to make lessons applicable across a variety of environments, and focus on enabling students to apply the lessons into the rest of their lives. Michelle will present some lessons from her book, Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School Aged Students, which is used in school districts around the world. This conference day offers an advanced exploration of Social Thinking – and is particularly suited for those who have read Social Thinking books, attended our workshops or are otherwise familiar with Social Thinking concepts. It is intended as a more advanced course for people who have attended one or more of the following workshops: Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day:  The ILAUGH Model, The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME AND/OR Have read one or more of the following books: Thinking About YOU, Thinking About ME, Inside Out: What Makes a Person With Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?, Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe why the context or situation is key for figuring out social expectations and related social skills.
  2. Describe the core steps of Social Behavior Mapping to help teach social responsibility.
  3. Define at least five Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts.
  4. Describe how Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts facilitate generalization across settings.
  5. Describe the difference between sharing an imagination and a singular imagination as these relate to conversations and reading comprehension.

7:30-8:30 Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
8:30-10:00 Introduction to our Research to Frameworks to Practice: Social Thinking's Many Layers. Explore the Four Steps of Communication, related treatment strategies and activities related to our thinking, our physical presence and our eyes.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Explore the language we use to relate to others. Delve into teaching around the Four Steps of Perspective Taking.
12:00-12:50 Break for Lunch
12:50-2:00 Demonstrate how our Developmental Motivational Tools help incorporate Social Thinking's core teachings into established and sequenced lessons.
2:00-2:10 Break
2:10-3:45
Explore tools for Social Self-Regulation: Emotional Understanding, Emotion Compression, Social Behavior Mapping and Superflex! If we have time, we also teach how to avoid errors when teaching our concepts.

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!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

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Continuing Education Information

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.

 

 

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SLPs & OTs: Each attendee will receive a Certificate of Attendance and Agenda for each course as proof of participation. Earn 6 CEEs per course!

 

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Each course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

 

ASHA credits will be available to Speech Language Pathologists interested in receiving and maintaining their continuing education hours through ASHA. All SLPs enrolling in ASHA CEUs will need to bring their ASHA number with them to include on their CEU registration form. Signing in & out and filling out a registration form is required for each day you attend the conference.

 

 

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES)

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Continuing Education Units for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, Clinical and School Psychologists are provided.  States that are covered are listed below.  Some states have exceptions and these are noted as well.

 

Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB, 400 South Ridge Parkway, Ste B, Culpepper, VA 22701) www.aswb.org

 

Social workers should contact their regulatory board determine course approval. Social workers receive 6 continuing education clock hours participating in this course for each workshop day. 

 

Marriage and Family Therapists: The following marriage and family therapy boards accept programs offered by NBCC, ASWB or APA approved providers (of which CES is approved): AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, ME, MN, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA AND WI. In addition, CES is approved for CA MFTs. Marriage and family therapists receive 6 CE hours credit for each workshop day. 

 

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Psychologists completing this program earn 6 continuing education hours of credit. 

 

 

NBCC Credit: Certified Counselors

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Certified Counselors receive 6 clock hours for each conference day toward NBCC credit. Social Thinking, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6685. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Social Thinking, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

 

 

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