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Social Cognition I

DateMonday, June 25th, 2018 to Thursday, June 28th, 2018
Time 8:30am to 3:30pm
Course Number1128
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
Course Description

This 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.

The course meeting dates are:

  • June 25, 2018, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • June 26, 2018, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • June 27, 2018, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • June 28, 2018, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Fall Date TBD, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Fall Date TBD, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This class includes 5 observations to be completed in fall of 2018.

  • Dates TBD

*Check back frequently as the location of the course is subject to change.


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; Tiers 1, 2, and 3
Additional Information

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The Summer 2018 offering of this course is being offered for a discounted price of $425.00 off the original price of $850.00 thanks to generous underwriting through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. This class is available for 3 graduate credits  for an additional fee of $550.  Other discounted courses are:

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