MEMBERS ONLY BREAKFAST AND WORKSHOP for Speech Language Pathologists
February 5, 2017     8:15-12:30    Doral Arrowwood Hotel 0.3 CEUs

Social Thinking is a Methodology: Frameworks, Concepts and Strategies
Presenter: Nancy Clements

Course Description: This Key Note Conference is all about Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts! We will explore the core concepts of Social Thinking such as “working as part of a group”, the “three parts of play,” “abstracting and inferencing information” and “sharing an imagination.” Participants will be given many clinical examples that highlight how to make these abstract concepts more concrete and teachable. The Social Thinking Vocabulary is the backbone of Social Thinking teaching programs. Research published in 2008 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Crooke, et al.) demonstrated how individuals benefited from learning these concepts. The study found that once children were taught how to think about the concepts, they were able to generalize the information. We explore how to make lessons applicable across a variety of environments, and focus on enabling students to apply the lessons into the rest of their lives.

Presenter and Disclosures: Nancy Clements is a speech language pathologist and Executive Director of Social Thinking Boston®, the East Coast sister clinic to Social Thinking Stevens Creek and Social Thinking Santana Row. She brings a highly creative approach to her clinical practice, where she maintains a very active and varied caseload ranging from early social learners through adults. She enjoys actively training professionals in her role running the Clinical Training Program, Level 1A through the Boston based clinic and as a frequent presenter across the United States and Internationally.  As a member of the Social Thinking Training Collaborative, she is especially interested in bringing Social Thinking concepts to all learners and continuing to analyze the impact of social thinking methodologies across all tiers using a Response to Intervention (RTI) model.  Nancy enjoys formulating programs from the ground up through creative strategies, systems of implementation, and models of efficacy that are data driven. Having been raised by parents who were both educators, she brings an empathic and collaborative approach to coaching teachers, administrators and specialists.

Before founding and opening Social Thinking Boston in 2012, Nancy was the Program Manager for Communication Services at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. She developed an in-depth Social Thinking program, including developmentally based groups, off-site coaching and consultations, and a three-credit graduate course in partnership with Saint Michaels College. In 2011 she mentored within the Colchester School District to analyze the impact of social thinking methodologies across all tiers using a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Similar models have been duplicated in the Winooksi and Swanton Vermont school districts.

Nancy will receive and honorarium from Westchester Speech Language Hearing Association for her presentation.

Learner Outcomes:
Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two activities to teach Social Thinking.
  • Describe the first two columns of a Social Behavior Map.
  • Define three Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts.
  • Name one Social Thinking Framework for Intervention.


  • 9:00-10:15:
    • Overview of Social Thinking and the Layers of Learning:
    • Overview of the Four Steps of Communication as a Framework
  • 10:15-10:30: Break
  • 10:30-12:00:
    • The Framework of Social Behavior Mapping and Social Thinking Strategies for
    • Intervention and review of developmentally based Motivational Tools