Last month, I registered for an upcoming Social Thinking conference in Columbus, Ohio. Michelle Garcia Winner will be here presenting on several social thinking topics. I’m so excited that Social Thinking is providing me the opportunity to attend! I promise to keep you updated on what I learn after the conference in April. Until then…. my mind couldn’t help but drift to all the social interactions that happen at a CEU event. Let me break it down for you… social thinking style!
The Social Thinking Methodology helps people develop more awareness of the expected unexpected behaviors across situations. Have you considered the expected and unexpected behaviors for SLPs during CEU Conferences?
Top 10 Unexpected Behaviors Observed at CEU Conferences
10. Body out of the Group: Spotted with her cell phone in hand, this SLP picked a strategic seat in the back on the aisle. Every 20 minutes she hops out to the hallway to take a call leaving her body out of the group. She can’t help it the team can’t run an IEP meeting without her, but her body is most definitely out of the group.
9. Not Thinking with your Eyes: During a work break, this SLP is searching for her friend who is supposed to bring her a coffee delivery. She keep her eyes glued to the back door and isn’t contributing to the group discussion. Her eyes are telling her peers that coffee>discussion.
8. Life in the ‘blue zone’ : The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones. The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored. This SLP stayed up too late writing IEP reports last night. There isn’t enough coffee in the world to move her to the green zone today.
7 One-Sided Sid. This Unthinkable from the SuperFlex series might have invaded at least one brain at a conference. You can spot the offender by her hand that is permanently in the air. She isn’t asking questions about terms or clarifying the meaning of topics. Instead, she can’t stop asking very specific questions about each of her students. She has no idea she’s taken over the “conversation” and made it all about her.
6. Not Thinking about You, Thinking About me: This SLP has missed the boat on perspective taking. She doesn’t realize that as soon as she sat down right next to you in the conference that you immediately had thoughts about her. If she did, she wouldn’t have sat her bag in your foot space, brought tuna for a snack, and spent the last 10 minutes popping her gum.
5. Worry Wall – Ok, there might be more than person whose brain has been overtaken by the Unthinkable, Worry Wall. It’s hard not to lose focus on what you’re learning when your phone keeps beeping with the 329 emails you got because you took a professional day.
4. Mean Jean – Strung out on bad conference hall coffee, stressed out from a caseload of 80, this SLP has had all she can take. She’s lost all sense of her normal self and Mean Jean the Unthinkable has taken over! She’s making sarcastic replies and rolling her eyes at everything the presenter says.
3. Lack of Whole Body Listening: She’s sitting in the second row and facing the speaker, but is she using whole body listening? Her eyes are looking at the iPad instead of the speaker, she’s got an ear bud in one ear, and she keep catching her breath and wincing. A quick peek over her shoulder and you can see that she’s watching a replay of her child’s college volleyball match streaming live.
2. Size of the problem: Nothing leads to an adult tantrum like a faulty wi-fi system at an all-day conference. No one has enough data for that. When the wi-fi goes down part way through the day, at least one in a room full of attendees will lose all ability to identify that wi-fi is not actually a super-sized problem compared to a fire in the conference hall or the presenter falling off the stage.
(But seriously, will there be wi-fi at this conference? I gotta call and find out.)
1. Rock Brain. He’s everywhere. Rock Brain and his team of social bad guys (The Unthinkables) are always trying to invade your brain and keep you from being a flexible thinker. Learning new evidence-based practices can feel overwhelming and there is always one person who can’t quite accept the new information. They sit through 8 hours and training, go home and do things the same way they’ve done them for 10 years.
If you’re interest in learning more about Social Thinking, check out their upcoming conferences.
You can also read more about the Social Thinking materials I’ve used here on Speech Room News.
Before you go, pop over to social media or leave a comment here and tell me your experiences! I want to hear the most awkward or funny or unexpected behavior you’ve seen from someone at a CEU event!
((Social Thinking sponsored this post but the sassy top 10 list is just my opinion. #ad))
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