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Web Stream Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children
November 16 @ 8:30 am - November 17 @ 4:00 pm$300 - $375
Kari Zweber Palmer and Ryan Hendrix from the Social Thinking Training and Speakers’ Collaborative are back in Vancouver to deliver two days of Social Thinking training.
Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.
Day 1 – Teaching Social Thinking through Stories and Play
What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative pretend play and learn as part of a group depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self regulation, and solid social-emotional development as well the executive function skills to multi-task the use of all of the above! In the U.S., the ‘Common Core Standards’ highlight the importance of “listening and collaboration” in the classroom, hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and during the early elementary years.
This workshop is designed to give participants knowledge of the key components of social cognitive development from birth to five years of age as they connect to the core concepts. Social-emotional growth, executive functioning/self-regulation and their interactive impact on socio-communicative abilities will also be discussed. This course will also focus on how to put the research and best practices of teaching social into action. We will introduce five Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts that have been adapted for children ages 4-7: Thoughts and Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking With Your Eyes, Body in the Group, and Whole Body Listening. We will explore methods to teach these concepts through storybooks, music, structured activities, and play. We will also look at different strategies for service delivery in a variety of settings. Strategies for home and school are designed for young children with average to strong language and learning abilities.
Objectives for Day 1
Participants will be able to:
Discuss the difference between a skills-based approach and a social cognitive-based approach.
Identify at least three key milestones that underlie the development of social cognitive skills birth to five years of age.
Explain why a preschool or early elementary aged child with a social cognitive learning challenge may have trouble with learning as part of a group.
Identify ways to structure learning experiences in preschool and early elementary settings.
Describe ways to teach at least three Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts to students ages 4-7.
Day 2 – What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Learning for Early Learners
Social executive functioning is at the heart of developing SCIP: Shared, Collaborative, Interactive Play. On this conference day we will teach how to move from the five basic Social Thinking lesson sets in We Thinkers! Volume 1*, our early learner curriculum, story books and music CD to the more complex lessons presented in We Thinkers Volume 2: Social Problem Solvers.
This day is filled with creative activities, which align with the research and extend our thinking about how to work, play and learn in groups. Attendees will engage in group learning activities and learn strategies to use in their classroom or home the very next day! We will present concepts that include but are not limited to: The role of play and working as part of a group in the development of self-regulation, impulse control, social problem solving, and executive functioning. Why a child who has difficulty with social attention will have trouble with sharing an imagination and interacting/playing with peers. Strategies for individuals to develop the skills to decipher the “hidden rules” and social expectations in a specific context. The strategies revolve around the concepts of Flexible verses Stuck Thinking, recognizing the Size of the Problem, and strategies to stay calm, making Smart Guesses, and Sharing an Imagination.
Learn to use our newest tool, Social Thinking’s Group Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS) to understand the five different levels of play and how that relates to classroom participation and the Common Core/State Standards! Learn how the lessons and activities in the We Thinkers! curriculum are adapted for each level of the Social Thinking’s GPS. Explore how all of this is part of Social Emotional Learning that can be used in pre K-2 mainstream classrooms, connects to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as well as Response to Intervention (RTI).
*The Incredible Flexible You Volume 1 was renamed We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers. There will be no content change in Volume 1, only a name change. Volume 2 is named We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers.
Objectives for Day 2
Participants will be able to:
Describe two strategies for helping individuals learn to be more flexible thinkers.
Describe two strategies to help individuals learn how problem solving involves self-regulation.
Design a lesson to promote a child’s development of shared, collaborative, imaginative play (SCIP).
Describe two aspects of each of the five levels of play as explained through Social Thinking’s Group Play and Problem Solving Scale (ST-GPS).
Define two different strategies to provide differentiated instruction to students who have different SCIP based play abilities.
Explain how to teach students how to read the “hidden rules” to figure out what behaviors are expected in a specific situation.
Live online streaming video includes a live chat function facilitated by ACT staff. You will be able to post questions that will be passed to the speaker at an appropriate time, and be able to text chat with other online attendees.
Registered viewers will be emailed a link to the online streaming page prior to the event. It is critical that you provide your preferred email address.
New MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD
MCFD has provided ACT with funding for a bursary program for parents and caregivers of children with autism in B.C. to web stream or attend ACT events at a reduced registration rate of $25 per day until March 31, 2018. Seats will be filled on a first come, first registered basis.
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- November 16 @ 8:30 am
- November 17 @ 4:00 pm
- $300 - $375
- Event Category:
- Online Only
- Autism Community Training (ACT)