Social Thinking Meets RTI & PBS
Friday, February 15th, 2013
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This presentation by a member of the Social Thinking Collaborative, in association with Michelle Garcia Winner, brings together some key approaches to working with students with ASD. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered method of academic intervention designed to provide early, effective assistance to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. It is designed to address the learning needs of all students, school- wide, through academic supports aligned with individual student need. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) focuses on decreasing problem behavior with a range of positive interventions.
RTI and PBS are both used at the group and individual level and help educators and intervention providers ensure that instructional practices are high quality, based on scientific evidence, and are assessment driven, differentiated, and specific. Information gained from an RTI or PBS process is used by school personnel and parents to adapt instruction as needed to facilitate student learning, particularly for those who struggle in the areas of organization, attention, social engagement, group dynamics, and self-regulation; all of which make learning difficult.
The combination of these three approaches promises to be a fascinating day!
In this presentation, you will explore how the Social Thinking framework can easily be introduced school-wide, offer strategies to differentiate Social Thinking instruction across the three tiers of intervention and describe effective tools for universal screening, data collection, progress monitoring, and more.
By the end of the day, participants should be able to:
describe systems for teaching Social Thinking in a Differentiated Instruction Model;
implement data collection tools for Universal Screening and progress monitoring of Social Thinking skills;
review a plan for introducing, planning for and implementing a school wide Social Thinking model.