This course explores:
- How using brain-based visual manipulatives helps our students/clients consider both their own and others’ thoughts.
- Strategies to help students/clients notice their own thinking and feelings as they perceive social situations.
- How the brain links information as we interact.
- Why it’s important to help a tween/teenager learn to be proud of him or herself without needing external feedback from others.
Creative Strategies for Teaching Social Thinking in Schools, Clinics, Homes and Through Tele-Education
Replay access through December 31
Who should attend
Learn creative and practical ways to implement core Social Thinking content and strategies through face-to-face teaching, teletherapy, classroom coaching, and tele-education.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Brainstorming About Our Social Minds from the Inside Out and Outside In!
By using visual supports, we will demonstrate a variety of interesting ways to explore and discuss how and why students/clients need to take the time to loop through other people’s minds to figure out the social response that is required—now!
- Perspective Taking Projects Practitioners Can Use in Their Schools, Clinics or Homes
Walk away with at least five practical activities using readily available materials to teach perspective taking and problem solving whether with a student/client in face-to-face sessions, in tele-education, or coaching a family to use these strategies in their home. Using recycled materials and everyday supplies (aka junk), we will explore contraptions, inventions, and projects that are engaging but also designed to teach on a deeper level.
- Summer Activity: Writing and Publishing a Family Newspaper to Foster Real-Time Social Learning Experiences
When working with students with social learning differences, such as ADHD, social anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Levels 1 and 2; perspective taking and problem solving issues may occur. This is especially true when students have had limited access to peers due to “social distancing.” Our clever therapists from around the globe have developed several activities to encourage clients to step outside of their own mind and into the mind of others. One way is to teach them how to interview family members and friends around a topic of their choosing and then incorporate what they’ve learned into some form of art or written expression—possibly by making a “family newspaper.” Students can learn from inventing memes, differentiate between what is fake news and real news and learn about their family or caregivers in the process. Lessons can extend to when to use humor at the right times, with the right people, and in the right places—all with the purpose of avoiding readers’ confusion! Examples of student work will be provided.
Who Should Attend
The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide variety of professionals; 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.
Learning Objectives and Agenda
Participants will be able to:
- Explain how using brain-based visual manipulatives helps our students/clients explore how to consider both their own and others’ thoughts, emotions, and social evaluations within social interactions.
- Describe one activity to help students/clients notice their own thinking and feelings as they perceive social situations.
- Describe one activity for helping our students/clients explore how the brain links information as we interact, rather than maintains a topic.
- Describe why it’s important to help a tween/teenager learn to be proud of him or herself without needing external feedback from others.
1 hour Teaching Social Thinking at Home and Through Tele-Education
30 minutes Tele-Education and Tele-Therapy Treatment Example
1 hour and 30 minutes Creative Strategies for Treens
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