1 Day Conference - 1st June 2020
Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day:
The ILAUGH Model

Central London - Coin Street Conference Centre, SE1 9NH

Social Thinking® Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model

This conference will provide strategies suitable to help school age children from 5 years to young adults who have average/above average educational levels or mild to moderate learning difficulties.



Main speaker: Dr Pamela Crooke

Michelle Garcia Winner will introduce the Conference and speak for the first half of the morning


In this course you will discover an array of concepts and strategies that bolster social learning and help students meet socially based educational standards. Explore the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition to help break down and make sense of the social world. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension of literature, organisational skills, and working in a group—and learn strategies to help students, clients, and patients improve in each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping. The information taught in this course was developed to help individuals with social learning challenges, but teachers tell us all students in their classroom benefit from learning these concepts.


Who should attend

Parents and Professionals supporting children ages 5 - young adults.  At our conferences we share our latest frameworks, lessons, and strategies for teaching social thinking with a wide variety of interventionists, including: speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and educational and clinical psychologists, behaviour specialists, and school administrators to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings.


Course Description

This course is designed to teach professionals and parents the social learning frameworks, concepts, and strategies needed to guide students, clients, and patients toward improved social processing and social competencies. Conference attendees will gain new insights into the power of their own social emotional intelligence as they explore their social motivations and how they process and respond to social information. We will dissect hidden social rules, contemplate how social expectations change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social competencies and affects how students interpret and respond to social-academic information and assignments. You’ll learn a variety of treatment* strategies from the Social Thinking Methodology—including approaches for helping students avoid “the blurt,” cope with boring moments, and develop conversational language.


Much of the day will focus on the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition. ILAUGH is an acronym for Initiating Communication, Listening with Eyes and Brain, Abstract and Inferential Thinking, Understanding Perspective, Getting the Big Picture, and Humor & Human Relatedness. The ILAUGH model demonstrates not only why people with social learning challenges have weaker social abilities but also how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension, and organizational skills. As we wrap up the day, we will explore how to teach at the roots—and not through the leaves—of the Social Thinking–Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write realistic IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information in this course applicable to all students as it pertains to social emotional learning, and audiences around the world love that it furthers their own social emotional insights!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.


What you will learn

  1. Explain why teaching “think with your eyes” is a more comprehensive approach than simply teaching “good eye contact.”
  2. Explain why a person with social learning challenges may have problems comprehending literature.
  3. Use the Social Learning Tree to explain what it means to plan and implement treatment in the “roots and not in the leaves.”
  4. Describe how social interpretation is critical for producing sophisticated social responses.
  5. Explain how “gestalt processing” or “getting the big picture” relates to written expression and organisational skills.
  6. Describe a strategy to help students avoid 'blurting'.



Note: To benefit from the programme the children and young adults need to have sufficient verbal comprehension skills. For more information contact: info@sltcommunicationcourses.co.uk

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