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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Social Cognition 1

DateThursday, September 28th, 2017 to Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Time 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Course Number1092
LocationShelburne Community School
345 Harbor Road
United States
Course Description

This eleven day graduate-level course is designed to provide participants with a conceptual understanding of the theoretical frameworks underlying social cognition assessment and intervention for individuals presenting with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related socio-cognitive deficits. This course is an introduction to functional and everyday application of interventions, strategies and supports for improving social understanding and implementing social cognition groups. This course draws heavily on the historical development of social cognitive theory, Theory of Mind, the biological underpinnings of socio-cognitive deficits and current research in best practices for supporting and coaching students struggling with socio-cognitive challenges.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical frameworks underlying social cognition and the biological underpinnings of cognitive processes associated with social understanding and competency.
  • Achieve an understanding of concepts associated with social cognition, including but not limited to: joint attention, Theory of Mind, self-regulation and executive functioning.
  • Utilize frameworks to develop assessment plans for determining a child’s socio-cognitive and executive functioning, perspective taking levels and social-skill deficits in order to develop instructional goals.
  • Explore instructional strategies and practices to address executive functioning, perspective taking, pragmatic communication and self-regulation, while considering current research to systematically develop individualized social cognition intervention.

Students are required to observe 5 hours of group instruction at the Stern Center.


Julie Erdelyi, M.A., Autism Specialist

Program Manager for Communication Services & Professional Learning

 Julie provides consultation and instruction. She has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in special education – developmental disabilities from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She has extensive experience as a Special Educator and Autism Specialist designing and implementing academic instruction, proactive behavior intervention plans, and social thinking instruction for elementary school students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has presented at local and national conferences and was published in the Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine.

Required MaterialsNone
AudienceClassroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists and content area teachers
Grade LevelK-12
Additional Information

This class is available for 3 graduate credits from St. Michael’s College for an additional fee of $550.

Tiers 1, 2, and 3.

The course meeting dates are:
– September 28, 2017
– October 12, 2017
– October 19, 2017
– October 26, 2017
– November 2, 2017
– November 9, 2017
– November 30, 2017
– December 14, 2017
– January 4, 2018
– January 18, 2018
– January 25, 2018

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Before going to the Stern Center, I struggled with reading and my mind was focused on the fact that I couldn't do it. The Stern Center not only helped me improve my reading skills, but I was able to build confidence in my learning.

- Stern Center Student