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Social Cognition 1

DateTuesday, September 19th, 2017 to Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Time 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost$850
Course Number1092
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
Williston
Vermont
05495
United States
PrerequisitesNone
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.

COURSE GOALS

  • 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.

Instructor

Julie Erdelyi, M.A., Autism Specialist

Program Manager for Communication Services

 Julie provides evaluations, 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
Price Qty
Social Cognition 1 (Course Only)show details + $850.00 (USD)  
Social Cognition 1(Course and 3 Graduate Credits from St. Michael's)show details + $1,400.00 (USD)  

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