I am excited to be aÂ member of the Social ThinkingÂ® Blogging Team andÂ I have the pleasure of being able to attend the 2013 Social Thinking Conference in South San Francisco June 21-23rd, thanks to the folks at Social Thinking. I’d love to share with you all a little about this conference and what it is all about! This post also contains affiliate links to Amazon.Â
What is Social ThinkingÂ®?
Social Thinking is a teaching framework for individuals aged preschool through adult, created by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP(Â www.socialthinking.comÂ ). It consists of a Social Thinking Vocabulary that establishes a common language to discuss social functioning, curriculum lessons and strategies that break down social concepts into concrete, teachable formats, and the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile, a tiered informal assessment tool that helps educators and clinicians better understand different levels of social cognition and match teaching strategies to the social strengths and challenges of the individual. Social Thinking “explodes the social code” to help children and adults learn to be better social thinkers and social communicators.
I have been using MGW’s Social Thinking Framework in practice with children aged 3 through middle school for about 7 years now. If you work with children with social-cognitive disabilities, I HIGHLY recommend the Social Thinking Framework.
You can read more about the Social Thinking Framework HERE.
What is the Social ThinkingÂ® Providers Conference?
According to the website: “The Providers Conference is a time for practitioners of Social Thinking, nationally and internationally, to come together to learn, share ideas and network. As the â€œSocial Thinking movementâ€ grows the hope is for attendees to gain knowledge and not have to â€œreâ€create the wheelâ€ as they develop practical programs and services allowing them to expand upon what others have shared.”
What is the Purpose of the Conference?
According to the website:
- Encourage professionals who are running Social ThinkingÂ® programs both in schools and private practice settings to come together to network, brainstorm and problem solve the delivery of Social Thinking services.
- Report on research projects currently in progress or that have been completed.
- Provide a means for sharing new and diverse topics related to Social ThinkingÂ® and the treatment ofÂ individuals with social learning challenges.
- Provide an opportunity for professionals, individually or in teams to share their unique diagnostic, treatmentÂ or service delivery models related to Social ThinkingÂ®.
- Share new data collection or qualitative assessment methods to assist professionals and students on theÂ application of teaching Social Thinking concepts.
When is the conference?
What is the Itinerary and Cost? How can I register? How Can I Learn More?
You can read all about the schedule of events at this three day conference as well as the cost and how to register by going to theÂ Social Thinking Site.
What if I Can’t Make This Conference?
I realize not all of you will be able to make this conference. It will be summer vacation for many of you and may be taking the summer OFF. Or maybe you simply can’t get out to California! The good news, is that in October and November, there will be several conferences around the country put on by the folks at Social Thinking. Click on the link below to find out more about upcoming conferences in your area:
Want to Learn More about the Social Thinking Framework without Attending a Conference?
Well you are in LUCK! As a member of the Social Thinking Blogging Team I am thrilled to be providing you all withÂ open and honest reviews and information about the Social Thinking Programs and Materials. In the next couple weeks, I will be starting with Michelle Garcia Winner’s book Thinking About You, Thinking About Me. I had the original version of this book which I have been using for years and will be reviewing the even more packed second edition for you all.
So tell me, do you use Social Thinking in YOUR practice? How? Tell me all about it!