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Join us for 2 days of Social thinking! March 2019 PatKids with Social Thinking.

Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model and Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary
Dates: Saturday March 9th - Sunday March 10th, 2019


Day 1: Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model


Course Description

This course is designed to teach professionals and parents the social learning frameworks, concepts, and strategies needed to guide others toward improved social processing and social competencies. Conference attendees will gain new insights into the power of their own social-emotional intelligence as they explore their social motivations and how they process and respond to social information. We will dissect hidden social rules, contemplate how social expectations change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social competencies and affects how students interpret and respond to social-academic information and assignments. Social Thinking has developed a large range of treatment* strategies—and attendees will walk away with a number of them, including approaches for helping students avoid “the blurt,” cope with boring moments, and develop conversational language.


Much of the day will focus on the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition. ILAUGH is an acronym for Initiating Communication, Listening with Eyes and Brain, Abstract and Inferential Thinking, Understanding Perspective, Getting the Big Picture, and Humor & Human Relatedness. The ILAUGH model demonstrates not only why people with social learning challenges have weaker social abilities but also how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension, and organizational skills. As we wrap up the day, we will explore how to teach at the roots—and not through the leaves—of Social Thinking’s Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write realistic IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information in this course applicable to all students as it pertains to social-emotional learning, and audiences around the world love that it furthers their own social-emotional insights!

    Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how teaching "think with your eyes" is different from simply teaching good eye contact.
  2. Explain why a person with social learning challenges may have reading comprehension problems in the classroom.
  3. Distinguish between IEP goals that address social competencies versus superficial social skills goals.
  4. Describe how the use of spiral-bound strategy cards can facilitate teaching how to initiate communication.
  5. Explain how gestalt processing relates to written expression and organizational skills.
  6. Describe a strategy to help students avoid blurting.

Day 2: Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: A Day to Develop Team Creativity


Course Description

It’s time to get practical! Using Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, learn to guide individuals to better socially attend, interpret, problem solve and respond to social information. Explore how to teach three core treatment*-based frameworks and more than 2O unique strategies based on Social Thinking Vocabulary and related activities. Teach students to better interpret and respond to their social world by making smart guesses to discover hidden social rules. Learn systematic and logical ways to encourage social responsibility by learning about our own and others’ social thinking. Explore how our thinking about a situation and what we know about others can help us create the expected behaviors that support our relationships. Learn how we make these abstract concepts more concrete by reviewing a variety of activities through clinical examples. Our evidence-based Social Thinking Vocabulary is the foundation of our teaching programs, and research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrates how individuals benefit from learning these concepts. The study found that once children were taught how to think about these concepts, they were able to generalize the information.


Social Thinking’s treatment-based frameworks and strategies can easily be used in conjunction with programs such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RTI) and other social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for all students.

    Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe why the context or situation is key for figuring out social expectations and related social skills.
  2. Describe the core steps of Social Behavior Mapping to help teach social responsibility.
  3. Define at least five (5) Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts.
  4. Describe how Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts facilitate generalization across settings.
  5. Describe the difference between sharing an imagination and a singular imagination and their relationship to conversations and reading comprehension.

Early Bird Registration:Until 1/31/2019: $350 (AOTA/ASHA members $330)
Standard Rate:2/1/2019 until 3/9/2018: $450 (AOTA members $430)
Groups of 3+: $50 off current registration price


Fee includes: 1.2 CEUs (12 Contact Hours) over 2 course dates

Questions? Please contact our office.
Phone: 704-799-6824
Fax: 704-799-6825
Email: continuinged@patkids.com

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