Tuesday April 28, 2020
The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies
ages 5 - young adultDelve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore two core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies for use at home and school: Social Behavior Mapping and the Friendship Pyramid and related ideas for expanding treatment using these tools.
Keeping it real and keeping it fun!
Livestream events are special because they allow the livestream viewers to post questions the presenter(s) may answer live on the air or in writing. The presenters will also be modifying parts of their core content and strategies to address some of the issues we are all dealing with during this global pandemic. Humor, as always, will be embedded throughout the course, and it is possible for us to have a special few minutes with some of the children in your home who may be coming in and watching parts of the livestream with you!
We begin the day by exploring how to better understand the minds of individuals with social learning challenges when traditional standardized tests fall short. We introduce the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment (ST-IDA), a series of tasks with corresponding templates described in Michelle Garcia Winner's book Thinking About You Thinking About Me, 2nd Edition. The dynamic tasks included in the ST-IDA examine the way the individual approaches social communication, executive functioning, and problem solving in real time. The ST-IDA can be a useful tool for initial or three-year testing and can provide valuable insight to all members of the educational or support team.
Results of the ST-IDA can help to uncover the link between social thinking challenges and social and academic learning. We provide a detailed checklist for two assessment tasks, which serves as a catalyst to guide more meaningful observations. Deeper observations, in turn, lead to developing more meaningful treatment* programs. Discussion related to the video footage of the informal assessment tasks will highlight how stakeholders (e.g., parents, diagnosticians, paraprofessionals, teachers, counselors, therapists, etc.) can work more effectively with those we aim to help. Parents and professionals applaud the highly practical nature of this workshop.
In the afternoon, we will review two practical treatment frameworks. The first, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM), is a visual framework that teaches social responsibility by highlighting that social expectations occur in a given context based on the situation and people. SBM enables individuals to discover what is expected or unexpected in a social situation while also learning the impact their behavior has on others’ feelings. How others feel about our behavior also impacts how they treat us and ultimately affects our own feelings! SBM has been widely adopted for use with all ages. This core Social Thinking treatment framework reflects our cognitive behavioral teaching style. Audience members will create their own Social Behavior Map as part of the training.
To help individuals understand the difference between friendly and friendship we have a visual treatment framework called the Friendship Pyramid. We will delve into five different levels of relationship development starting with the importance of initiating and responding to greetings with people who are not “friends.”
To round out the day, we will describe a four-phase social competency pathway to guide our students as they engage in a social learning process.
*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe how to assess thinking with your eyes and how this is different from identifying the direction of eye gaze.
- Describe how core components of the double interview can assess perspective taking.
- Describe the challenges and shortcomings of standardized tests and traditional measures in determining social competencies.
- Describe the Social-Emotional Chain Reaction through the four columns of the Social Behavior Map.
- List and describe at least three different levels of the Friendship Pyramid and how they can be used to help students focus on different aspects of relationship development.
8:30 am – 3:45 pm Central Time
6 hours of training
How does the livestream-recorded event work?
Registered attendees will receive an email for the one or more livestream courses they registered for one day prior to the livestream event. In that email there will be a special link for each course.
The Monday following the livestream event, the recorded event content will be made available to livestream attendees as well as attendees who sign up specifically to watch the recorded content. A separate email with the link(s) will be sent Sunday (the day before).
The recorded content will be available to all attendees for two weeks, beginning on a Monday, with the content accessibility ending 11:00 pm PST on the Sunday 14 days after the Monday launch of recorded content.
Agenda for Livestream-Recorded Conference Day
8:30 am – 3:45 pm Central Time
6 hours of training
|7:30-8:30||Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while getting ready to learn.
|8:30-10:15||Explore the Cascade of Social Thinking to understand how social attention triggers social responsiveness. Introduce the Informal Social Thinking-Dynamic Assessment tool.
|10:25-12:00||Show video examples of parts of the dynamic assessment tasks and the impact on treatment planning.
|12:45-2:15||Continue assessment discussion. Explore key factors to consider when developing Social Behavior Mapping. Create a Social Behavior Map (activity).
|2:15-2:30||Break time with possible special activity during break|
||Review the Friendship Pyramid and discuss how to use with social learners of different ages (activity). Discussion of how to apply to group treatment.
How will you get access to certificates of attendance and/or CE certificate(s)?
Immediately following the livestream course, an email will be sent with a questionnaire about whether you attended this event. If you did, you will be asked to fill out the course evaluation. Upon submitting that back to our office, we will send a follow-up email providing you with further links to access Certificate of Attendance and CE certificates or forms. You will receive an email for each course day you registered to attend.
Recorded livestream content:
We will send out the same type of emails described under the “livestream” to those who had the option to watch the livestream events. If you watched the recorded content, please fill out the questionnaire and survey. We will then send the follow-up email with the Certificate of Attendance, and information will be available at that time to SLPs to submit their ASHA paperwork to our office to register for their ASHA CEUs. Remember, no type of mental health professional is approved to receive CEs from watching any recorded content from the livestream.