Key Topics: Social Emotional Learning, Metacognitive Learning, Executive Functions, Anxiety

Strategies for Adults Social Emotional Strategies for Adults

This course explores

  • Experiences of adults with subtle but significant social emotional learning challenges
  • Why developing social competencies requires metacognitive learning and taps into executive functions
  • How our maturing social expectations lead to harsher social judgments of others


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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Strategies for Adults with Subtly Significant Social Emotional Learning Challenges

Key Topics: social emotional learning, executive functions, anxiety

Please note that this course begins promptly at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Adults with histories of having compelling challenges sustaining social relationships can have subtle but significant learning needs, whether diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or not. This fast-paced course will provide case examples using aspects of the Social Thinking® Methodology and a range of different strategies to help clients investigate how the social world works to better navigate to self-regulate within it.









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Detailed Description

Who should attend

There is a tendency to think that adults with social emotional learning challenges have very limited motivation or ability to improve—whether or not they have been previously diagnosed (e.g., autism spectrum level 1, personality disorders, ADHD, or brain injury). This type of thinking is inaccurate. Those individuals who adopt a growth mindset are able to continue learning social emotional information throughout their lives, as long as enough structure is provided for them through concrete teaching to detect and interpret the abstract social world and related responses.

Armed with over 20 years of experience and a range of treatment* frameworks and strategies developed within the metacognitively based Social Thinking® Methodology, we explore some of the many ways we can gain perspective on our clients’ very real social emotional learning needs and provide them with knowledge, tools, and strategies to help them learn, step by step, how to better meet some of their own social goals.

During this journey we explore:

  • Experiences of adults with subtle but significant social emotional learning challenges
  • Why sadness and anxiety are to be expected and accounted for in the treatment journey
  • Why the process of developing social competencies requires metacognitive learning
  • Social is a perception: What are some of the many factors we may perceive as relative weaknesses in persons with subtle but significant social learning challenges?
  • Key factors when working with adult social learners
  • How our maturing social expectations lead to harsher social judgments of others
  • Examining the recurring perspective-taking loop within the process of sharing social space or interacting
  • Getting vs. taking perspective and the use of popsicle sticks to build client narratives and/or help them explain problems encountered or successes experienced
  • Demonstrations of how we use metacognitive learning and treatment frameworks within our methodology with mature adults
  • Working with adult social learners to develop treatment goals
  • Four steps of communication to establish the intention to appear “social”
  • What’s it take to create a friendly face?
  • What’s your role in the communicative process: information informer or social relator?
  • Strategies to avoid getting stuck on negative feelings
  • Helping adult social learners manage their vulnerabilities while validating their success step by step

*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.

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 & Agenda


Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the three steps within the Social Thinking®–Social Competency Model that guide clients to produce increasingly sophisticated social responses.
  2. Describe how popsicle sticks can be used to help get perspective of the individual with social emotional learning challenges.
  3. Describe a tool that can help clients become increasingly aware of their daily journey experiencing both positive and negative feeling.


This agenda may change without notice.

  • 9:00-10:20
    • How are mature adult clients with compelling subtle but significant social emotional learning needs perceived by many in the general public?
    • Key factors in working with mature adults using metacognitively based learning and strategies
    • Exploring how the mature social world works by examining how social emotional expectations change with age and how to acknowledge the recurring perspective-taking loop
    • Use of concrete manipulatives to promote narrative language and describe multiple points of view in problematic social situations
  • 10:20–10:30 Break
  • 10:30–12:10
    • Use of treatment frameworks to clarify how the social world works to help provide feedback on how adult social learners are working in the world
    • A strategy to facilitate being perceived as friendly by others
    • Exploring our shifting roles as communicative partners
    • Learning to manage negative emotions rather than get stuck in a negative mindset
  • 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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