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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Assessing Social Cognition using the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment

Presenter: Nancy Tarshis, M.A., M.S., CCC-SLP, Speaker for Think Social Publishing, Inc.​

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

​Executive Board Meeting: 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Business Meeting: 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

About: This presentation will explore how to better understand the minds of individuals with social learning challenges when traditional standardized tests fall short. We introduce the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment (ST-IDA), a series of tasks with corresponding templates described in Michelle Garcia Winner's book Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition. The dynamic tasks included in the ST-IDA examine the way the individual approaches social communication, executive functioning, and problem solving in real time. The ST-IDA can be a useful tool for initial or three-year testing and can provide valuable insight to all members of the educational or support team.
Results of the ST-IDA can help to uncover the link between social thinking challenges and social and academic learning. We will review a detailed checklist for two assessment tasks, which will served as a catalyst to guide more meaningful observations. Deeper observations, in turn, lead to developing more meaningful treatment programs. Discussion related to the video footage of the informal assessment tasks will highlight how stakeholders can work more effectively with those we aim to help. 
Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to assess thinking with your eyes and how this is different from identifying the direction of eye gaze.
  2. Describe how core components of the double interview can assess perspective taking.

There are two sets of hand outs for this week's meeting! Download them by clicking HERE and HERE.

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