Event description

It’s time to get practical! Learn about three core treatment-based frameworks and more than 20 unique strategies based on Social Thinking Vocabulary and related activities. Teach students to better interpret and respond to their social world by exploring how to engage in richer social observation and making smart guesses to discover hidden social rules. Learn systematic and logical ways to encourage social responsibility by learning about our own and others’ social thinking. Explore how our thinking about a situation and what we know about others can help us navigate and create the expected behaviors that support our relationships. Learn how we make these abstract concepts more concrete by reviewing a variety of activities through clinical examples. Our evidence-based Social Thinking Vocabulary is the foundation of our teaching programs. Research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrates how individuals benefit from learning these concepts. The study found that once children were taught how to think about the concepts, they were able to generalize the information.

Social Thinking’s treatment-based frameworks and strategies can easily be used in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and other social-emotional learning programs for all students.

Motivational developmental tools such as our We Thinkers! curricula for 4- to 7-year-olds, You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex: a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum will also be reviewed to help participants see how these materials incorporate key lessons taught throughout the day.

Participants will work in groups to learn how to use Social Thinking concepts across settings, creating one or two lesson plans of their own. We explore how to make lessons applicable across a variety of environments and focus on enabling students to apply these lessons in their lives. Most lessons are further explained in the book Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students (Winner, 2005), which is used in school districts around the world.

The Social Thinking Methodology encourages us to recognize how the social mind is not only used to help us adapt our social skills more effectively, but also when interpreting socially based information presented through school curriculum or in popular media. For more information on this, attendees can read:

  • Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME
  • Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?


Participants will be able to:

Describe why the context or situation is key for figuring out social expectations and related social skills.

Describe the five core steps of Social Behavior Mapping to help teach social responsibility.

Define at least five Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts.

Describe how Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts facilitate generalization across settings.

Describe the difference between sharing an imagination and a singular imagination as these relate to conversations and reading comprehension.

Using one or more of the strategies reviewed in the workshop, describe what you can do differently with your student tomorrow.


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Cost of the workshop
Individual 7500 +transfer
10% discount for group sign up of 5 or more