Build Capacity in Social Thinking

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

3/1/2017 (8:30am-3:00pm)

Featuring Michelle Garcia Winner

Multidisciplinary Spotlight on Practice: This conference day is designed to teach professionals frameworks, concepts, and strategies so that they may better understand the social learning experience and guide others toward improved social processing and social skills. 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 the hidden rules, contemplate how social rules change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social skills, and affects how one interprets and responds to social-academic information and assignments.


Social Thinking has developed a large range of treatment* strategies, and attendees will walk away with a number of them including those for helping students avoid “the blurt”, cope with “boring moments”, and develop conversational language. Additionally, we will focus much of our attention on the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking. The ILAUGH model is an acronym to represent treatment ideas and research related to: Initiating communication, Listening with the eyes and brain, Abstracting and inferencing, Understanding perspective, Getting the gist, and Humor & human relationships. The ILAUGH model not only demonstrates why people with social learning challenges have weaker social skills 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 we want to “teach in the roots” and not through the leaves of Social Thinking’s Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write achievable IEP goals based on rubrics.


General Education teachers find the information presented on this conference day 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! NOTE: *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.


Each district is invited to send a team to represent the district that can evaluate the match of this approach for the needs in their district as there may be future opportunities to advance this work through Oakland Schools. The background on Social thinking and the registration process was explained on October 14, 2016 at the Directors meeting. We are bringing Michelle Garcia Winner here not as a one day workshop, but as the start of a possible continuous, sustained learning opportunity around implementation of social thinking in schools. P