Part 1 of this two-part series explores
- The power of social attention toward developing social interpretation
- The Cascade of Social Attention and how to use Social Thinking Vocabulary to support and focus social attention
Part 2 of this two-part series offers treatment ideas and shows how social learners evolve in their understanding of the social world as they grow up. Group treatment ideas for different age groups will also be introduced.
Part 1: Understanding and Supporting the Social Emotional Learning needs of Challenged Social Communicators
Series Name: Zooming In on Strategies for Concrete Literal Learners
Replay access through September 30
Who should attend
The Social Thinking® Methodology explores the strengths, differences, challenges, and needs of different types of social emotional learners with an understanding that a diagnosis may not help to pinpoint specific social learning targets. We have found that a diagnosis of autism spectrum is routinely used as a catchall to describe three very different types of social emotional learners as outlined in the DSM-5 (e.g., Levels 1, 2, and 3). In fact, we work with many individuals who struggle with social emotional learning but are not considered to be autistic. The Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile (ST–SCP) is one way to explore the learning characteristics of different social learning styles to better understand the individual, their learning strengths, and differences and/or challenges regardless of diagnostic label.
In part one of this two-part series, we will briefly review five different learning styles and then focus our lens on individuals we describe as Challenged Social Communicators. We will provide concrete examples of how these learners interpret information in a very, very literal manner, resulting in ongoing issues with problem-solving. We’ll also outline the learning strengths of this cohort and explore fundamental aspects of social learning. We will demonstrate why some core lessons may seem basic but are incredibly important to teaching what is happening in the world around us, in digital media, and stories.
This course will include but not be limited to these topics:
- Defining what is meant by “social thinking”
- Discussing different types of attention
- Exploring the power of social attention towards developing social interpretation
- How social interpretation is critical for the evolution of one’s social competencies
- Introducing the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile
- Describing the characteristics (strengths, differences, and challenges) of five different types of social learners
- Explaining why each cohort has its own social emotional learning trajectory across a lifespan
- Exploring the Social Thinking Social Competency Model
- Using Social Thinking Vocabulary to support and focus social attention
- Defining two basic levels of perspective taking
- Exploring, through video examples, core activities to enhance development of perspective taking
- Prognosticating to help parents to prepare for transition to adulthood
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.
About this Series
A two-part series
In this two-part series, we focus on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to educational standards and support social learners with significant social attention and social interpretation challenges—including individuals with diagnoses of autism spectrum levels 1 & 2, ADHD, and social communication disorder. We will concentrate specifically on understanding and supporting Challenged Social Communicators (CSC) in part 1 and Emerging Social Communicators (ESC) in part 2. These social learners are described as having relative strengths in concrete learning with a tendency to interpret both social and written information in a very literal manner. Parents often report struggles with organization, sarcasm, literalness with reading comprehension and writing, as well as a more awkward manner when socially engaging with peers. Both parts of this series will explore the power of social attention using video clips to provide explicit and practical examples for teaching basic social concepts to encourage the development of theory of mind (perspective taking), sharing social attention, and awareness of trickery.
We will also address assumptions about social attention, learning in groups, and reliance on test scores to guide intervention planning. We will examine how socially based critical thinking and executive functioning make it difficult to truly understand the social learner’s real-time learning abilities.
Learning Objectives and Agenda
Participants will be able to:
- Describe two or more core characteristics of the Challenged Social Communicator and explain the impact on social and academic learning
- Explain why it’s essential to track what another person knows or doesn’t know when co-existing or interacting in a classroom or home
- Define one strategy to help students who are Challenged Social Communicators figure out “who knows what”
5 minutes Dr. Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, co-developer of the Social Thinking® Methodology and Social Thinking Chief Curriculum Officer: welcome and introduction to Ryan Hendrix
1 hour and 10 minutes Power of social attention through the lens of the Social Thinking—Social Competency Model, the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile, anxiety trends in concrete literal learners
1 hour and 5 minutes Sequence for teaching about thoughts and feelings, strategies for teaching attention and interpretation. Prognosis
40-minutes Previously Recorded Q & A
Continuing Education Credit
3 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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