| Social Thinking Collaborative|
May 31, 2012
Albany, New York
June 1, 2012
Capital Area Speech/Language/Hearing Association
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
June 7, 2012
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|You Are a Social Detective has won two awards from national parent and family organizations. The judging panels recognized our teaching comic book as one of the best products for families in 2012! While this book began as an engaging way to introduce younger students with high functioning autism (ASD) and similar challenges to Social Thinking, Detective is increasingly being embraced by a much wider audience. I've posted two blogs, one on managing impulsivity through self-regulation (with worksheets!), the other on what pizza can teach us about social conformity. Strategies to manage impulsivity will be one of many topics to our upcoming Providers Conferences in CA, MN and MA. I am excited to join Dr. Peter Gerhardt (who NPR recently said was "recognized as the most advanced thinker on the topic of adolescents and adults with autism") in a lively discussion on how to use the best of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and on a panel discussion on DSM-5 and ASD at the June 22-24 Social Thinking Providers Conference in South San Francisco. Please register soon. Space is limited for our new preschool workshop in Boston but if you miss out, we offer the same early childhood learning course in Portland, OR. Also in Portland, Pam, Steph and I (the core ST clinical team) will present for the first time two advanced workshops on lesson development in a group setting using the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile. At our first-ever Denver conference, I will explore how challenges with social processing affects so many dynamics of our students' lives -- from academics to working in groups, how to use an assessment procedure that can capture what other assessments miss and much more!|
|ABA & CBT, Executive Functioning, Context Blindness, Preview of Our Preschool Curriculum - Register Soon!|
|Every year the best ideas and the best minds behind innovative Social Thinking practices come together at the national Social Thinking Providers Conferences. Over three days, renowned ASD experts (in addition to Dr. Gerhardt, Sarah Ward from Boston, Peter Vermeulen from Belgium...) will explore practical treatments of executive functioning challenges, teaching ways to develop intimate relationships, using Social Thinking in mainstream classrooms, Common Core Standards and more. |
P. S. You asked, we responded! Because this event has proven to be so popular, and to further build on its collaborative nature, we are now offering two day providers conferences with selected sessions/keynotes in the fall if you can't make this summer's "main event." Please read on for the dates in Minneapolis and Boston:)
|The Minneapolis Social Thinking Providers Conference: Collaborative Problem Solving, IEPs, Common Core Standards and More!|
|Dr. Ross Greene, author of The Explosive Child (read my related impulsivity blog) and I will explore how his model of Collaborative Problem Solving works with Social Thinking to get to the underlying problems that cause challenging behaviors -- just one of three keynote presentations! Plus, sessions will explore the proposed DSM-5 changes to ASD and Common Core Standards, how to teach The Zones of Regulation, how we learn and can teach critical thinking and much more!|
|Colorado Workshops - From Informal Assessments to Teaching About Friendships|
|In our first Social Thinking conference in Denver, we will explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking -- a widely used framework that demonstrates how social processing difficulties affect so many aspects of a student's life. From working in a group to written expression, reading comprehension and completing homework - this course reveals how profoundly connected "Social" is to all "Thinking." We will also examine ways to teach about different levels of friendships. Videos will show how Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment tasks can provide more robust insights into the strengths, challenges and treatment needs of students with high functioning ASD, ADHD, NLD and similar challenges.|
|Boston: 5 Days of Strategies - Space is Limited! |
|Every Social Thinking conference in Boston to date has sold out. Given this tremendous support, we are offering many options for you this fall, including NEW conferences. If you're interested, please don't wait to register - click on blue links below!|
Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME
Organized Thinking: Dealing with the Dreaded Homework Assignment and Everything Else a Student Wants to Postpone! (First time in Boston!)
November 7, 2012 - Limited Space
New! Teaching Social Thinking through Stories & Play in Preschool (First time presented anywhere!)
- First time presented on the East Coast!
- Applied Behavior Analysis & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Use the Best of Both!
- Critical Thinking: How We Learn It and Teach It
- Superflex: New Directions for Deeper Teaching
- IEPs, Common Core Standards, DSM-5... & More Here!
|Three New Workshops in Portland - Lessons for Groups & For Preschool+!|
|Treat the individual, not a diagnosis - that mantra only gets more important as we face the increasingly likely changes to Autism Spectrum Disorder criteria in DSM-5. |
Our core clinical team (Pamela Crooke, Stephanie Madrigal and I) team up to show you how to align treatment lessons with different age groups using the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile (ST-SCP), which was formerly known as the Perspective-Taking Spectrum. Two individuals diagnosed with "Asperger's" (or ADHD or...) may seem similar at first glance but each can have profoundly different levels of social processing and awareness. These differences require different lesson strategies. On October 22 and 23, we will demonstrate how to use Social Thinking specifically for group treatment and how our treatment goals relate back to the Common Core Standards.
In another entirely new workshop, on October 24 therapists Nancy Tarshis, Kari Palmer and Ryan Hendrix will present strategies for teaching preschool to early elementary school kids social thinking through play, music, movement and more structured lessons. The presenters are experts at connecting lessons and activities to social-emotional growth, executive functioning, self-regulation and other key aspects of social cognitive development.
|I know it's a busy time of year - thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter! |
Michelle Garcia Winner