Zooming In with Social Thinking: Strategies for Concrete Learners

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Fridays, October 22 & 29, 2021

October 22, 2021 & October 29, 2021

9:00 a.m.to 12:10 p.m. Pacific Time

Recording available for one month after the live stream
Web Streaming to Canadian residents only

Presented by Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP

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.


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Family Members/Autistic Individuals/Para-pros & Students$135.00

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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.

Session Details

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.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two or more core characteristics of the Challenged Social Communicator and explain the impact on social and academic learning
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two or more core characteristics of Emerging Social Communicators and explain the impact on social and academic learning
  2. Explain the connection between academic standards, social learning, and the challenges of literal learners using the Social Thinking–Social Learning Tree
  3. 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 special rate for BC educators is now closed. If you received a coupon to register for this offer you may redeem until Oct 7.

Questions? Email info@actcommunity.ca


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Autism Funding

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.

Start date: October 22, 2021

End date: October 29, 2021

Start time: 09:00 a.m. PDT

End time: 12:10 p.m. PDT



Registration closes Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific time.
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Level Introductory/Intermediate

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

Event Schedule

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 & A
Note: All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST), UTC -8.

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