Social Thinking Vocabulary and Strategies

Using the 4 Steps of Communication and the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model as a backdrop, attendees will learn about the role of social attention, interpretation, problem solving, and social responses as part of navigating and self-regulating in the social world. We explore how to teach, and learn the evidence base for, core treatment* frameworks and a handful of unique and practical strategies based on the Social Thinking Vocabulary. Attendees will learn how one’s social attention to the situation and people in the situation can encourage understanding of the expected behaviors for that social context. We also describe ways to teach interpreting and responding by making smart guesses to discover hidden social rules and the relationship to social emotional learning.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.


Access to Recorded Training Series Expires May 31, 2021

Recorded replay access to this series is available for you to watch whenever you want through May 31, 2021. And because most of us are watching our pocketbooks now, we’re offering special pricing for all of our courses this academic year. Registration for this entire series costs just $98 or $35-$49 per course. The courses in this series also provide you with the chance to earn CE Credit (if you’re eligible). Complete access to this two-part series includes 7 hours of training (each course in two-part series is 3.5 hours).

Pamela Crooke

Your Instructor: Dr. Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP • Chief Strategy Officer

Register for the entire two-part series for just $98

Teaching Social Competencies—More Than Social Skills

The foundation of our work provides interventionists (teachers, speech language pathologists, therapists, clinicians, parents) and social learners with frameworks, tools, skills and a shared language to improve social competencies—more than just social skills.

Our goal is to help people learn explicitly how to engage in social information processing; how to attend, interpret, problem solve and respond in any situation—the thinking and doing skills that will aid them in becoming increasingly successful in the social world throughout their lives.

At some point we all struggle in social situations. Engaging  in a social emotional thinking/feeling based process can be difficult at times for everyone in the social world. Our role as interventionists is to help motivate social learners to "do the work" and explore how we all share social expectations, thoughts, feelings, make mistakes and try again as we learn to navigate our way toward our social goals. The practical nature of our teaching and the concrete way we explain social concepts helps engage people in social learning not only about themselves but about others. 

Social Thinking
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