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

Virginia Beach, VA | October 16 - 18, 2017

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Virginia Beach
Conference Location
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  • Holiday Inn Virginia Beach
  • 5655 Greenwich Rd
  • Virginia Beach , VA 23462
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  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 09/25/2017
Description

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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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 October 16, 2017

Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model

ages 5 - young adult

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 that 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 each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping.
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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.

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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 October 17, 2017

The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

ages 5 - young adult

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges. Our Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment Protocol includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how our students process and respond to social information in real time. Learn related strategies to boost treatment plans and/or use at home. Explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Discuss factors to consider when running effective Social Thinking treatment groups.
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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.

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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 October 18, 2017

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. Help individuals 1) understand social context and tailor their behaviors accordingly 2) learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to encourage social communicative competence in groups 3) share an imagination to better understand and respond to others. 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 the home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging workshop!

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It’s time to get practical! Learn about 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 exploring how to engage in richer social observation and 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 navigate and 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. 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 the concepts, they were able to generalize the information.

Social Thinking’s treatment-based frameworks and strategies can easily be used in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and other social-emotional learning 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 incorporate key lessons taught throughout the day. 

Participants will work in groups to learn how to use Social Thinking concepts across settings, creating one or two lesson plans of their own. 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 school districts around the world.

The Social Thinking Methodology encourages us to recognize how the social mind is not only used to help us adapt our social skills more effectively, but also when interpreting socially based information presented through school curriculum or in popular media. For more information on this, attendees can read: Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME and Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?

What You Will Learnarrow-down
Schedulearrow-down
CEU 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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If you’re registering four or less people for this conference choose the option “Individual/Small Group”.
If you’re registering five or more people, choose the option “Team/Large Group”. Note: only available for those registering as Professionals.

Early Bird Price (through OCT 3)

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

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

Full Price (OCT 16 - OCT 18)

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.
10% Off

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.
15% Off
    • 1 Day Pass

      $196.00
      $171.50
      $245.00
      $208.25
    • 2 Day Pass

      11% Off 2 Day
      $347.20
      $303.80
      $434.00
      $368.90
    • Full 3 day
      Conference

      Up to 20% Off
      $495.20
      $433.30
      $619.00
      $526.15

Early Bird Price (through OCT 3)

1 Day Pass

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
$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 confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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 confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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 (OCT 16 - OCT 18)

1 Day Pass

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

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 confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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 confe rence a s pa r t of the i r 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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    Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model

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    The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

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    Wed Oct 18, 2017

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

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