Assumed Knowledge: Strengthening the Core of Social Cognition

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Presenter:  Anna Vagin, PhD, CCC-SLP
This full day workshop explores the social thinking concepts that the Core Curriculum assumes to be present and developing along a typical course in students. However, students who may have diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, NVLD, Language Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Social Communication Disorder or Twice Exceptional often struggle with this social learning, so that their ability to learn becomes limited.

We will begin by reviewing multiple outcome standards across the Core Curriculum, focusing on literacy and classroom communication. An issue for most students with social learning challenges, we will review a number of strategies that can be helpful in building understanding of intention, behavior, and effect. We will look at some of the factors that intercept inference, whether in a picture book, textbook, media excerpt or social situation, and strategize some approaches for intervention. We will focus on emotional development and its role in core curriculum. We will review how we can support emotional learning, whether as part of our individual or group therapy, or in the classroom.

We will discuss the underlying social cognitive constructs of conversation and classroom discussion. We will talk about the importance of perspective, emotions and flexibility, and review some basic conversational choices. A systematic way of working on spontaneous conversation will be presented and practiced using small group activities. Lots of therapy video examples will be viewed throughout the day.


Following the course, participants will be able to:

  1. List four social cognition concepts central to Core Curriculum State Standards
  2. Define jump cuts and provide one example relevant to a student with whom they work
  3. Develop three activities to support emotional learning in the students with whom they work
  4. Demonstrate how to use a conversation map to support students in expanding their conversation
About Anna: Anna Vagin, PhD, is a licensed speech/language pathologist with over 30 years experience. Currently in private practice in Marin County, she provides individual sessions and social learning groups to families and children 6 months through young adulthood. Her particular interest is using media to support social thinking in students with diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, NVLD, Language Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Social Communication Disorder or Twice Exceptional.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
15 Min: Introduction
30 Min: Social thinking & CCSS
90 Min: Working with jump cuts & inference
120 Min: Activities for emotional development & social learning
90 Min: Strategies to develop conversation skills
15 Min: Closing & questions

Speaker Disclosure: 
Anna Vagin receives royalty payments from Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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