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Key Topics: social mind, early childhood, learning through play

Social Thinking: Building the Social Mind in Early Childhood
Instructor: Ryan Hendrix

This course explores:

  • The power of thinking and feeling out loud to learn about the social world
  • Why learning and playing in a group can be challenging and how to help
  • Fun activities and practical strategies to support the development of the social mind and self-regulation in early learners

 

Almost 2 hours of training. For any special accommodations or assistance with resources email us.

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Social Thinking: Building the Social Mind in Early Childhood

Parents and caregivers are always asking about how to teach and support self-regulation. In this course designed specifically for parents and caregivers, we’ll talk about the ways the social mind and supporting social thinking directly supports self-regulation for early learners. We will cover practical strategies including: how we can use stories, activities, and play to build self-regulation; how to teach children to better understand their own and others’ thoughts and feelings, and the plan of the group and their role within it. Please note: this course is not eligible for Continuing Education.

New On Demand Course for Parents & Caregivers

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$49.00 per attendee
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$45.00 per attendee
5 or more attendees
30% Discount
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$35.00 per attendee
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Detailed Description

Parents and caregivers are always asking about how to teach and support self-regulation. The reality is that self-regulation is lots of things! In this course we’ll talk about the ways the social mind and supporting social thinking directly supports self-regulation for early learners. Whether you’re with your child at home, in the community or in their early learning settings, we’ll explore things you can say and do to support and build their social self-regulation.

  • Learn how to use a favorite book to teach about and play with emotions, thoughts, and plans.
  • Think and feel out loud, like a “social caster” to model and support attention, interpretation, and problem solving.
  • Explore what everyone likes to think about to build awareness of the social world and help choose things you can do together.
  • Talk about your “group plan” as part of everyday activities, like making a snack, to help children anticipate what will happen and support their self-regulation.
  • Use a strategy, like “look, think, and do,” to help children notice the many plans happening around them.
  • Make a plan for more successful and rich play.
  • Act out stories to support attention and flexibility.

Learning Objectives & Agenda

Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two ways to support self-regulation (e.g., drawing attention to what is in the environment, thinking and feeling out loud, etc.).
  2. Describe how to use a storybook or everyday activity to talk about key concepts like thoughts, feelings, and plans.

Agenda

22 minutes – What is Social Thinking? (Methodology)
1 hour and 30 minutes – Teaching How the Social World Works, Summary – Building the Social Mind

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