Zooming In on Strategies for Concrete Literal Learners
In this two-part series, we focus on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to educational standards and support social learners with significant social attention and social interpretation challenges. We will concentrate specifically on understanding and supporting individuals who have social learning characteristics described as Challenged Social Communicators (CSC) in part 1 and Emerging Social Communicators (ESC) in part 2. These social learners are described as having relative strengths in concrete learning with a tendency to interpret both social and written information in a very literal manner. Parents often report struggles with organization, sarcasm, literalness with reading comprehension and writing, as well as a more awkward manner when socially engaging with peers. Both parts of this series will explore the power of social attention using video clips to provide explicit and practical examples for teaching basic social concepts to encourage the development of theory of mind (perspective taking), sharing social attention, and awareness of trickery.
We will also address assumptions about social attention, learning in groups, and reliance on test scores to guide intervention planning. We will examine how socially based critical thinking and executive functioning make it difficult to truly understand the social learner’s real time learning abilities.
Michelle Garcia Winner, CEO and founder of the Social Thinking® Methodology, invites you to join her and expert practitioner and instructor Ryan Hendrix, a member of our Social Thinking Training & Speakers’ Collaborative, for our upcoming two-part livestream series: Zooming In on Strategies for Concrete Literal Learners.
- Learn how to use conceptual tools and frameworks to identify five different types of social learners
- Explore the social and academic needs of two different types of concrete literal learners
- Observe implementation of concepts and practical strategies through numerous video clips and case studies
- Learn motivational developmental tools and treatment group ideas to highlight lessons for different age groups
- Earn a Certificate of Completion and CE credit for eligible professions
Part 2: Strategies for Expanding Social Emotional Learning in Emerging Social Communicators
Series Name: Zooming In on Strategies for Concrete Literal Learners
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Our goal is to help people learn explicitly how to engage in social information processing; how to attend, interpret, problem solve and respond in any situation—the thinking and doing skills that will aid them in becoming increasingly successful in the social world throughout their lives.
At some point we all struggle in social situations. Engaging in a social emotional thinking/feeling based process can be difficult at times for everyone in the social world. Our role as interventionists is to help motivate social learners to "do the work" and explore how we all share social expectations, thoughts, feelings, make mistakes and try again as we learn to navigate our way toward our social goals. The practical nature of our teaching and the concrete way we explain social concepts helps engage people in social learning not only about themselves but about others.
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