About the Event
In this two-part presentation, on successive Friday mornings, presenter Ryan Hendrix will use Social Thinking® methodology to focus on the needs of social learners who struggle with social attention and social interpretation. The strengths, differences, challenges, and needs of different types of social emotional learners are not necessarily revealed with a diagnosis. While 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, many individuals who struggle with social emotional learning are not 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, regardless of diagnostic label.
Please note that registration is for both days. The presentations will be live from Santa Clara, California. Recordings will be available until November 30 2021.
Part 1: Friday, October 22, 2021, 9:00am to 12:10pm Pacific Time
Understanding and Supporting the Social Emotional Learning Needs of Challenged Social Communicators
Part 1 will explore the social learning needs of individual(s) who tend to be very literal in how they interpret and respond to social information. Using video from treatment sessions, the characteristics of five different types of social learners and those considered Challenged Social Communicators (CSC) will be explored. Examples will be given of how these social learners interpret information in a highly literal manner, contributing to their extreme challenges with problem-solving, as well as their learning strengths. Practical strategies to encourage the development of fundamental social concepts will be demonstrated to explain why some core lessons may seem basic but are essential to teaching what is happening in the world around us. Treatment recommendations will focus on helping students increase their flexibility when interpreting what’s happening in their social world.
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.”
Part 2 - Friday, October 29, 9:00am to 12:10pm Pacific Time
Strategies for Expanding Social Emotional Learning in Emerging Social Communicators
Social learning is embedded within many academic standards including reading comprehension, narrative language, peer engagement and group work. Video case studies will explore the social emotional learning trajectory of Emerging Social Communicators (ESCs) who are academically bright as well as very literal interpreters. We’ll explore common learning strengths, differences, and challenges. Three different types of social emotional learning strategies are often helpful for this cohort, beginning in elementary school and progressing through high school. We’ll also review longitudinal case studies of those who have graduated from university. Activities for different age groups will also be explored to promote social learning in the group treatment setting. This learning is slow and deep, with the goal being to help individuals improve in their social learning goals compared to their own abilities. Attendees appreciate the honest and very practical information shared on this day.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe two or more core characteristics of Emerging Social Communicators and explain the impact on social and academic learning
- Explain the connection between academic standards, social learning, and the challenges of literal learners using the Social Thinking–Social Learning Tree
- Describe at least two practical lessons to teach: "I know I have my own thoughts/feelings" and "I know others can have thoughts/feelings different from mine."
More details on this presentation, and information about Social Thinking, can be found on the Social Thinking website.
Note: Canadian residents must register for this presentation through ACT. Residents of countries other than Canada must register through Social Thinking.
About the Presenter
Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP
Ryan Hendrix is a Social Cognitive Therapist at the Social Thinking clinic in Santa Clara and a private therapist in San Francisco. She trained and works directly with Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke. Her diverse caseload experience includes preschool-age children through young adults with varying levels of social cognitive learning challenges. In addition to running groups, she actively collaborates with families and related professionals (teachers, resource specialists, psychologists, etc.) on ways to promote carryover and generalization of learning outside of the clinic setting. Ryan received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Art Therapy and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona.
The Early Bird rate has been extended by one week. Register by September 23rd to save!
|Date||Parents, Para-Pros & Students||Professionals|
|Early Bird Rate ends||September 23, 2021||$85||$110|
|Late Rate begins||September 24, 2021*||$135||$150|
*Last day to register is October 7, 2021
Special Rate for BC Educators
The Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) and ACT – Autism Community Training have partnered to offer a subsidized rate for educators from BC public and independent schools to attend this online workshop. Thanks to POPARD’s generous sponsorship, the rates for this workshop for eligible BC educators have been reduced to $75 for school professionals, and $50 for school para-professionals – a saving of $35 each.
Visit the Special Rate for Social Thinking® Training for BC Educators page for details.
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ACT provides bursary funds from our own resources and through support from private donors. Anyone wishing to attend an ACT event is eligible to apply if the cost is a barrier to attending the event. Bursaries are provided as reduced event registration fees. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as bursary funds are limited. Donate to our bursary fund.
To apply, please submit a Bursary Application Form by October 4, 2021 at 4:30pm PDT.
If you self-identify as an Indigenous person, or are a staff member of an Indigenous organization, please submit using our Bursary Application for the Indigenous Community.
If you wish to use your child’s Autism Funding to pay for your registration, ACT can invoice the Autism Funding Branch directly. If you are paying in advance to be reimbursed, you must contact the Autism Funding Branch for approval first.
For information on how to register with your Autism Funding, visit Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.
Focus Across the life-span from age 5 through adulthood
For Parents and Caregivers, Community Professionals
Approach Social Thinking Methodology - the strategies in this training relies heavily on both language (“talking about thinking”) and metacognition (“thinking about thinking”) and is not a good fit for those who are not yet communicating using language.
Autism-Specific? No, relevant for a range of individuals with diverse diagnoses
Start date: October 22, 2021
End date: October 29, 2021
Start time: 09:00 a.m. PDT
End time: 12:10 p.m. PDT
9:00 am - 9:05 am Introduction by Dr. Pamela Crooke
9:05 am - 10:15 am Session 1
10:15 am - 10:25 am Break
10:25 am - 11:30 am Session 2
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Interactive Q & ANote: All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST), UTC -8.