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

In this course you will discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organizational skills, and working in a group—and learn strategies to help students, clients, and patients improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help individuals with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.


Who should attend

Interventionists supporting  ages 5 - young adult. At our conferences we share our latest frameworks, lessons, and strategies for teaching social thinking with a wide variety of interventionists, including: speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and school administrators to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings.

Social Thinking

Course Overview

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  • What You Will Learn
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  • CE Credit

This course is designed to teach professionals and parents the social learning frameworks, concepts, and strategies needed to guide students, clients, and patients toward improved social processing and social competencies. 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 hidden social rules, contemplate how social expectations change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social competencies and affects how students interpret and respond to social-academic information and assignments. You’ll learn a variety of treatment* strategies from the Social Thinking Methodology—including approaches for helping students avoid “the blurt,” cope with boring moments, and develop conversational language.

Much of the day will focus on the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition. ILAUGH is an acronym for Initiating Communication, Listening with Eyes and Brain, Abstract and Inferential Thinking, Understanding Perspective, Getting the Big Picture, and Humor & Human Relatedness. The ILAUGH model demonstrates not only why people with social learning challenges have weaker social abilities 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 to teach at the roots—and not through the leaves—of the Social Thinking–Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write realistic IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information in this course 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 using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.

Upcoming Livestream Conferences

This course is being offered on May 7, 2020.

  1. Explain why teaching “think with your eyes” is a more comprehensive approach than simply teaching “good eye contact.”
  2. Explain why a person with social learning challenges may have problems comprehending literature.
  3. Use the Social Learning Tree to explain what it means to plan and implement treatment in the “roots and not in the leaves.”
  4. Describe how social interpretation is critical for producing sophisticated social responses.
  5. Explain how the G in the ILAUGH model (i.e., gestalt processing or "getting the big picture"), relates to written expression and organizational skills.
  6. Describe a strategy to help students avoid blurting.

Upcoming Livestream Conferences

This course is being offered on May 7, 2020.

This agenda may change without notice.

7:30-8:30 Use social competencies to problem solve how to sign in, find a seat, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while getting to know fellow attendees
8:30-10:15 Introduce concepts from the Social Thinking Methodology and discuss the social-academic connection
10:15-10:30 Break

Introduce the ILAUGH model’s first two concepts:

  • Initiating Communication
  • Listening with Eyes and Brain
12:00-12:50 Lunch provided

ILAUGH concepts (cont.):

  • Abstract and Inferential Thinking
  • Understanding Perspective
2:15-2:25 Break

Complete the ILAUGH concepts

  • Getting the Big Picture (gestalt thinking)
  • Humor and Human Relatedness
  • IEP goal writing and rubrics for data keeping

Upcoming Livestream Conferences

This course is being offered on May 7, 2020.

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

Upcoming Livestream Conferences

This course is being offered on May 7, 2020.

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Burlington, VT Livestream

Moving online for healthy learning

May 7 - 8, 2020

Speakers: Michelle Garcia Winner, Pamela Crooke


At our Burlington, VT livestream you will learn about:

  • Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model
  • Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity


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