Key Topics: Social Emotional Learning, Social Thinking Vocabulary, Evidence-Based Treatment

Evidence & Measurement Exploring Evidence Measuring Outcomes
Instructor: Pamela Crooke

This course explores

  • Strategies to design tools to accurately measure social learning outcomes
  • Tips for writing IEP goals that overlap and embed into the academic standards
  • How to use the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model and Social Thinking Vocabulary as a foundation for writing IEP goals


3.5 hours of training and CE credit available for select professionals. For any special accommodations or assistance with resources email us.

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Exploring Evidence with the Social Thinking® Methodology and Measuring Outcomes

Please note that this course begins promptly at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Our role, as interventionists (parents or professionals) working with social learners, is to seek evidence-based interventions and then use common sense, practical, and efficient ways to measure learning outcomes. Ultimately, interventionists must be able to talk about the theory underlying each curriculum, comic, game, worksheet, or app they choose and then justify with tools to measure progress (or not). But are we all using the same definitions when we talk about evidence, measures, and outcomes? In this course, attendees will learn about the evidence within the Social Thinking® Methodology and will learn how to design tools (e.g., rubrics) to accurately measure social learning outcomes. We also provide tips for writing IEP goals that overlap and embed into the academic standards rather than stand alone.









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Detailed Description

Who should attend

As interventionists (parents and professionals) working with social emotional learners, we are all required to assess, set goals, plan, teach, measure, and then start the cycle again. But this process can be a complicated task, especially when the focus of intervention is on building social competencies. For most of us, the planning and teaching comes naturally, but measuring abilities up front and then measuring learning outcomes along the way is both daunting and complex. The reality is that we all know we need evidence to serve as the foundation for our interventions. We also know we need evidence in the form of outcomes to show progress. So, how do we seek and find the evidence related to the Social Thinking Methodology? AND, if we choose to use some components of the methodology, how do we measure social emotional learning outcomes?

This short course takes a deeper dive into how components of the Social Thinking Methodology fit into Sackett’s original three-prong definition, considered to be the gold standard definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), for the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and a host of other organizations. Attendees will also briefly explore the now well-established distinction between empirically supported therapies and evidence-based practices. Together we will use the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model and Social Thinking Vocabulary as a foundation for writing IEP goals and creating rubrics for measuring social learning progress over time.

But, of course, it’s not that simple. One’s ability to learn about the social world can have hills and valleys, learning spurts, mental health or behavioral setbacks. Cultural, individual, and environmental factors can enhance or complicate growth. Yet, using rubrics to measure social learning outcomes can act as a bridge to consolidate the disconnect between a dynamic observational goal and the universal language of numbers.

Rubrics are helpful in that they list criteria (what counts) and incorporate levels of quality rather than a single performance objective. In other words, they allow interventionists to incorporate both quantitative and qualitative data, meaning everyone involved gets a more meaningful, comprehensive, and individualized picture of progress and needs. Unlike traditional ways to measure progress on IEPs (e.g., X% accuracy or X out of X attempts), rubrics not only provide descriptions of expectations (qualitative), but also assign a number or value to measure those expectations (quantitative).

Finally, participants will explore how thinking socially is embedded in many of the academic standards upon which our public education curriculum is based, even in more concrete subjects like math and science. As interventionists, we are required to write IEP goals that comply with academic standards and we are trained to ask questions and critically think to seek support, evidence, and clarity. So, let’s make sure we are asking the right questions, measuring the right learning outcomes, and shifting course based on those outcomes as needed.

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:

  1. Discuss the foundation of evidence found within different age level components of the Social Thinking Methodology.
  2. Define the difference between evidence-based practice and empirically supported therapies
  3. Write measurable IEP goals and objectives that target social competencies
  4. Develop and define components of a rubric for measuring social emotional learning outcomes


This agenda may change without notice.

  • 9:00-10:20
    • Evidence as a foundation of the Social Thinking® Methodology
    • Using the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model and Social Thinking Vocabulary to write measurable social emotional learning goals
    • Connecting academic keywords to social learning keywords
  • 10:20–10:30 Break
  • 10:30–12:10
    • Defining core components of rubrics
    • Creating individualized rubrics
    • Outcome examples using rubrics
  • 12:10–12:40 Q & A

Continuing Education Credit

3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable

Earn Continuing Education Credit

Click here to see detailed Continuing Education Information by Profession and by State

When you register as a Professional for a livestream or recorded event sponsored by Social Thinking (i.e., the conference has a dedicated page on our website) you gain access to CE credit at no additional cost. Find your profession below to learn about your CE options. Each course provides 3.5 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda as proof of participation. For information about CE credit offered by livestream or recorded events NOT sponsored by Social Thinking, please contact the sponsoring organization.


We are proud to provide access to continuing education credit for:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • Social Workers (Approval Pending)
  • Counselors
  • Clinical and School Psychologists (Approval Pending)
  • ...and others!

Livestream Events Accessing Certificates of Attendance and/or CE certificate(s)
Immediately following the livestream course, an email will be sent with a questionnaire to verify your attendance. If you did, you will be asked to fill out the course evaluation. Upon submitting that back to our office, we will send a follow-up email providing you with further links to access Certificate of Attendance and CE certificates or forms. You will receive a separate email for each course day you registered to attend. An online form will be available to SLPs at that time to submit their ASHA info to claim ASHA CEUs.



Recorded Livestream Events Accessing Certificates of Attendance and/or CE certificate(s)
Following the expiration of the recording, we will send an email with a questionnaire. If you watched the recorded content, please fill out the questionnaire and survey. We will then send the follow-up email with the Certificate of Attendance. An online form will be available to SLPs at that time to submit their ASHA info to claim ASHA CEUs.

Remember, mental health professionals can only receive CE credit if they watched the live version of the courses (approval is pending). The recorded copy is not eligible for mental health CE credit.



Contact your licensing and/or certification organization
We are approved to offer access to CE credit in many instances. Because state requirements can change without notice, we recommend contacting your regulatory board or licensing organization to verify course approval to be 100% confident you can earn CE credit for our courses. Please note that licensing and/or certification organizations have varying requirements that must be fulfilled to earn CE credit for attending a continuing education event.

If your profession is not listed, we recommend you contact your licensing organization to determine whether they will approve our courses. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and agenda for each course as proof of participation.


Click here to see detailed Continuing Education Information by Profession and by State

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