ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems

In this course you will explore the needs of nuance-challenged social communicators who may have diagnoses such as autism levels 1 and 2, ADHD, and social anxiety as well as traits such as perfectionism, being oppositional, etc. Usually in mainstream classes, these individuals struggle with the intricacies of developing social relationships, working through assignments, and engaging in peer-based groups. Learn how even a slight impairment in flexible thinking, emotional understanding of self and others, problem solving, self-advocacy, and nuanced social interpretations can contribute to subtle but significant social challenges. Explore related treatment strategies while also learning tips to motivate students, clients, and patients to participate in treatment activities encouraging the development of executive functioning, perspective taking, and emotion management!


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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  • CE Credit

This course will explore how to work with students, clients, and patients who struggle with self-regulation, social anxiety, and depression, who are described as Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators on our Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile. Individuals in this group may represent a range of diagnoses such as ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, NVLD, social anxiety, perfectionism, twice exceptional—or may be undiagnosed. Nuance-based social learners tend to have significant issues and are the most likely to be bullied by peers and adults—we introduce the concept of the “forgiveness factor” to detail this phenomenon. (See this article for more common characteristics of people described as Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators.)

We will explore the characteristics and social-emotional learning needs of these individuals starting at four years old, across childhood, and throughout adulthood. We will investigate the different levels of interactive play and collaboration with Social Thinking’s Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS) for use with 4- to 7-year-olds and then examine how patterns in our little ones can extend into adulthood. 

We will explore sophisticated ideas that foster the development of an individual’s perspective taking, executive functioning, and social-emotional self-management. More specifically we will examine different aspects of emotional awareness of self and others, flexible thinking, social problem solving, self-advocacy while guiding the audience through different assessment, and treatment* ideas to foster self-regulation, effective communication, and a sense of well-being. Reviewed within this day are:

  • Examples of cognitive flexibility and its relationship to dysregulation
  • How social problem solving and emotional expression are linked
  • Strategies to promote emotional self-regulation including our emotion scale and how our emotional expression is expected to shift with age
  • Learning about one’s own strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring social anxiety and some related treatment ideas
  • Enhance social competencies by utilizing Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid to explore specific strategies to help teach more sophisticated greetings, and development of acquaintance-based relationships and situational friendships.

Many of our adult clients tell us they wished someone had “taught me this information when I was 10 years old.” Attendees report this course is beneficial for both helping school-age students and better understanding themselves!

*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 14, 2020.

  1. Describe three characteristics of Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators and the impact of these characteristics on mental health and executive functioning.
  2. Explain how having a shared imagination is important not only for interactive play but also for collaboration and conversational skills.
  3. Describe how to use a ME-Map to teach social awareness and expectations of others and situations.
  4. Explain how the camera in a social learner’s cell phone can be used for teaching about the social learner’s own facial expressions.

Upcoming Livestream Conferences

This course is being offered on May 14, 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 Define Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators (Weak Interactive and Socially Anxious) and why people are less likely to forgive them for their social errors. Explore how these characteristics present across different age groups and examine the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale for 4- to 7-year-olds.
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Unpack some more sophisticated aspects of advanced theory of mind and executive functioning by exploring flexible thinking, problem solving, advance perspective taking, and emotional regulation.
12:00-12:50 Lunch provided
12:50-2:15 Learn to teach students about their learning strengths and weaknesses and how to adjust lessons for different age groups. Ideas to enhance teamwork in project-based learning.
2:15-2:25 Break
Strategies to manage social anxiety, develop subtle but significant relationship skills, and help students develop awareness of their social operating system.

Upcoming Livestream Conferences

This course is being offered on May 14, 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 14, 2020.

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Columbus, OH Livestream

Moving online for healthy learning

May 12 - 14, 2020

Speakers: Michelle Garcia Winner, Pamela Crooke, Ryan Hendrix


At our Columbus, OH Livestream conference you will learn about:

  • Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning
  • ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners
  • ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems


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