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Strand M

Social Skills for All: Implementing Social Thinking Strategies within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Julie Erdelyi and Katie Tyler


This strand is designed to provide participants with a conceptual understanding of the theoretical frameworks underlying social thinking interventions and highlight the experiences of one Vermont school’s systematic integration of social thinking school wide. Participants will learn functional and everyday application of interventions, strategies, and supports for improving social understanding and implementing multi tiered preventions and responses.

Participants will:


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Julie ErdelyiJulie Erdelyi, M.A., is the Communication Services Program Manager at the Stern Center for Language and Learning.
She originally earned her Bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Vermont in 1990,and later earned her Master's degree in special education from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the last 26 years, Julie has worked as an early childhood teacher, special education paraprofessional, special education teacher, autism specialist and consultant, social thinking coach, and presenter. She has traveled across the country providing professional learning opportunities for teachers, and has provided strand and workshop opportunities at the BEST Institute since 2011.

Katie TylerKatie Tyler, M.S., is the K-4 School Counselor at Shelburne Community School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development & Family Studies and her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Vermont. Katie has been working in education and human services for over 12 years. She has held counseling positions in residential treatment, alternative school, outpatient, crisis and public school settings, and has been incorporating social cognition curriculum with students in grades K-6 for over 4 years.