Cimarron Conference on Communication Disorders


Implementing Social Thinking Concepts & Vocabulary

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Conference Presenter

D. Renee Attaway, M.S., CCC-SLP

Conference PresenterSpeech-Language Pathologist, Member of the Social Thinking® Training and Speaking Collaborative
Renee Attaway is the founder and director of Social Learning located at The Parish School in Houston, Texas. Social Learning offers social cognitive services for preschool to high school children in Houston, Texas. This program provides group and individual therapeutic services in both social learning groups and individual therapy, as well as hosting an overnight social learning summer camp called Camp Social Superheroes. As a member of the Social Thinking® Training and Speakers’ Collaborative, Renee has presented workshops for organizations across the United States and Canada since 2012. Renee has been described as an enthusiastic speaker who enjoys sharing her own clinical experiences with audiences. Renee has worked at The Parish School for over 16 years as a Speech Pathologist, teaching preschool, supervising clinician, and creating programs. She has also worked in the university and private practice areas.

Renee Attaway is an Oklahoma State University Alumni (B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, December 1998). Additionally, she has a M.S. degree from Baylor University.

For a more detailed bio, please visit cccd.okstate.edu or the Social Thinking website: https://www.socialthinking.com/

Description of Presentation:

This conference day is all about Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts! Social Thinking teaches students to communicate through concepts such as “working as part of a group,” the “three parts of play,” “abstracting and inferencing information” and “sharing an imagination.” We will examine clinical examples that highlight how to make these abstract concepts more concrete and teachable. The Social Thinking Vocabulary is the backbone of Social Thinking teaching programs. Research published in 2008 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrated how individuals benefited 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.
Participants will work in groups to learn how to use Social Thinking concepts across settings, creating one or two of their own lesson plans. We explore how to make lessons applicable across a variety of environments, and focus on enabling students to apply the lessons into the rest of their lives. This conference day offers an advanced exploration of Social Thinking – and is particularly suited for those who have read Social Thinking books, attended our workshops or are otherwise familiar with Social Thinking concepts.

General Conference Information:

When and Where: Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Wes Watkins Center, Stillwater, OK

If you are able to do so, please register online. Information on how to register via a purchase order is available on the website.

Due to feedback received from participants, the lunch break will be one hour, and the conference will end at four. Due to the shorter lunch break, participants may elect to select a boxed lunch option for an additional fee. Participants may order the box lunch at the time of registration. In all cases, those wishing to purchase a boxed lunch should do so prior to the early registration deadline, March 17, 2017.