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Dedicated to Advancing Social Learning for a Lifetime of Well-Being

Chicago Metro Area, IL | April 25 - 26, 2024

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  • DoubleTree by Hilton Downers Grove
  • 2111 Butterfield Rd.
  • Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • Accommodations
    Our partner venues or facilities are guaranteed to be accessible. We ask that individuals who require other accommodations to email us in advance.


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    Our conferences can sell out well in advance. Please register and receive your confirmation number BEFORE booking travel arrangements. We’d hate for you to show up and not have a seat!


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  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 04/03/2024
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Lunch Provided at Social Thinking Conferences

We’re proud to provide you with a full lunch and bottomless coffee and tea each day. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.

 

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Thursday April 25, 2024

Unpacking the Social Mind: Dynamic Assessment Tasks for Exploring Social Learning

ages 5 - young adult

Many of us walk, skip, or move through space effortlessly, but do we really know how to explain the mechanism of how we do it? The same is true for social interactions. While we engage with others routinely, it's challenging to understand how our social mind is the catalyst for what we say and do (or refrain from saying and doing) across environments and people. In this course, we'll dive into a handful of informal Neurodiversity-affirming dynamic assessment tasks using video examples, and explore observational scales to discover core characteristics that make up our social selves and are the foundation for social competencies.
Description

There is so much to learn about how the social mind gathers, analyzes, and makes sense of the social world. As educators and caregivers, we are tasked with the responsibility of understanding how our students/clients attend to and interpret the social and non-social information that surrounds them. We are then in the role of understanding their social goals and then figuring out strategies to support those goals. But how do we do that when standardized tests aren’t a true reflection of an individual’s strengths, struggles, or differences? This course will explore a handful of informal neurodiversity-affirming dynamic assessment tasksand interactive tools to better understand the individual’s social learning system.


Key topics to be covered in the conference include an exploration of:


  • The Social Thinking–Social Competency Model, a practical four-step assessment and teaching pathway.
  • How the social brain hones in on relevant information, and inhibits unrelated or less useful information to maintain social attention, offering insights into the underpinnings of social processing.
  • How dynamic assessment tasks are interactive, neurodiversity-affirming, provide more authentic information, and help to guide teaching and supports.
  • Informal ways to understand joint attention, interactive play, collaboration, abstract thinking, executive functions, perspective taking, and initiation/advocacy.

Note: The content of this course focuses on children (4 years and older) through adolescence across all neurotypes. The assessment tasks are a better fit for those with solid to strong expressive and receptive language and cognition.

What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

5.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable


Click here to see if you can receive CE credit by Profession and by State


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


  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • Certified Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • ...and others!

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This newly updated conference day is filled with innovative strategies, lessons, and activities that will equip you with the tools to teach the Social Detective & Superflex series with fidelity.
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Friday April 26, 2024

Unleashing the Superpowers Within: Teaching through Social Detective & Superflex® Quests

ages 5 - 14

Join us for this fun and motivating day of exploring the Superflex® Universe! This newly updated conference day is filled with innovative strategies, lessons, and activities that will equip you with the tools to teach the Social Detective & Brand NEW Superflex® series with fidelity. Discover creative ideas for supporting social observation, self-regulation, conflict resolution, and working & learning in a group. Explore the connections between the Social Thinking® Methodology and academic standards and learn how to foster Social Detective thinking, superflexible thinking, managing UnthinkaBots™, and powering up Thinkables®. Explore how to easily embed social learning concepts, strategies, and activities into your school day and existing lessons to unleash the social, emotional, and academic learning potential of your students and clients.
Description

Content Disclosure: This course is designed to demonstrate how to teach the scope and sequence of the new Social Detective and Superflex® series with fidelity. The content will primarily focus on core products from the Social Thinking Methodology related to these curricula. Our intention is not to exclusively market these materials but rather help attendees understand how to teach the concepts with fidelity.


Fasten your capes and prepare to soar to new heights at this practical and fun conference day! Our expert team at Social Thinking has meticulously crafted an updated curriculum series that will equip you with the creative tools to support social observation, self-regulation, conflict resolution, and working and learning in groups. Explore the Social Detective and Superflex curricula and engage your students in a fun-filled learning experience where they become Superflex superheroes or superkids, managing UnthinkaBots™ to improve their social observation, social self-awareness, and self-regulation. Discover the interactive scope and sequence found in our award-winning resources and gain invaluable insights on teaching these concepts to elementary school students ages 7-12+. Learn how to embed social learning concepts, strategies, and activities into your school day and existing lessons to cultivate the social, emotional, and academic learning of your students and support them toward meeting their social and academic goals.


There are any number of situations across a day that can be dysregulating for students and adults alike. These might be the rush of getting ready in the morning, worry about an upcoming deadline, or an unanticipated change in plans. To give students and clients tools to be more aware of these situations and subsequently develop strategies to prepare for and navigate them, we have created a fun and motivating scope and sequence of teaching through two complementary curricula (Social Detective and Superflex). Kids love imagining themselves as Superflex superheroes who learn to take on and manage imaginary characters called UnthinkaBots™, which represent ways of thinking and acting that can present obstacles to meeting their goals. Attendees will learn how to engage students in lesson quests that help develop learning about themselves as part of the social world.


We will explore creative ideas for use in the classroom, small groups, or individually to support social observation, self-regulation, conflict resolution, and working as part of a group. We will also discuss the connections between the Social Thinking® Methodology and academic demands through the lens of social, emotional, and academic learning (SEAL) for students ages 7-12+. This day focuses on building Social Detective thinking, expanding superflexible thinking, managing UnthinkaBots™ (formally Unthinkables), and building up Thinkable® powers as a backdrop for teaching.


Immerse yourself in our new You Are a Social Detective! Teaching Curriculum & Support Guide and updated Superflex Curriculum and harness the powers of UnthinkaBots™ and Thinkable® Duos to engage your students in a dynamic and enriching learning experience. Walk away with a comprehensive understanding of the dos and don'ts for teaching these concepts effectively and with fidelity.


Over the course of the day, we’ll explore:


  • The difference between social self-awareness and social self-regulation

  • How to teach students about their brains’ strengths and needs

  • Developing Social Detective thinking to figure out the plan of the group and the hidden rules and group goals

  • Exploring the interactive scope and sequence found in You Are a Social Detective! and the updated Superflex Curriculum

  • The powers of UnthinkaBot™ and Thinkable® Duos

  • How to extend the same concepts through a new lens for older and younger students

  • The dos and don'ts for teaching the concepts and materials
What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

5.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable


Click here to see if you can receive CE credit by Profession and by State


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


  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • Certified Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • ...and others!

Pricing

Individual/Small Group: Select this option if you are registering Non Professionals and/or up to four Professionals. Prices are per person.

Team/Large Group: Select this option if you are registering five or more Professionals at the SAME TIME. Prices are per person. Our website can only accept one payment per team. If you would like to register a team with separate payments, please download the Registration Form under Ready to Register (below) and submit it to us. All registration info and payments must be received together for the team rate to apply.

CE Credit: Only those registering as Professionals will have access to continuing education credit. CE credit can only be offered to qualifying professionals for the conference.

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
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Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with with social learning differences and/or challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with with social learning differences and/or challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
10% Off
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      $179.10
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      $179.10
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      Attend Full Conference
      $358.20
      $298.50
      $398.00
      $358.20

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1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off
$179.10

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with with social learning differences and/or challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
$149.25

1 Day Pass

20% Off
$159.20

2 Day Pass

Attend Full Conference

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off
$358.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with with social learning differences and/or challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
$298.50

2 Day Pass

Attend Full Conference
20% Off
$318.40

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1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
$199.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with with social learning differences and/or challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
10% Off
$179.10

1 Day Pass

10% Off
$179.10

2 Day Pass

Attend Full Conference

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
$398.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with with social learning differences and/or challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
10% Off
$358.20

2 Day Pass

Attend Full Conference
10% Off
$358.20

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    Thu Apr 25, 2024

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    Fri Apr 26, 2024

    Unleashing the Superpowers Within: Teaching through Social Detective & Superflex® Quests

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