Social Thinking® Workshops - 7th-8th September 2017

Teaching Social Thinking®

Workshop Program

Previously Michelle presented on assessment, different levels of social minds, an overview of the Social Thinking® treatment frameworks and 3 key strategies. Michelle and Pam return to hone our skills further in concrete intervention strategies for teaching social thinking. Michelle will present two workshop days filled with hands-on activities to teach Social Thinking.

Prior attendance at Social Thinking® Seminars is not compulsory although it will be useful. If you have attended our conferences before, these workshop days are tailored to take the learning deeper and help participants experience treatment strategies. If you are attending for the first time, you will be introduced to many strategies and tools to teach Social Thinking®. Some of the treatment frameworks underlying the tools or strategies will be explained.

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Speaker: Michelle Garcia Winner & Dr Pamela Crooke

Date: Thursday 7 September 2017

The Masterclass promises to be a day of interactive exploration of concrete methods to teach abstract social communication concepts. Using videos and hands-on activities, we will explore deep lessons from The Four Steps of Communication treatment framework. A detailed handout for guided observations, as well as a bag of physical manipulatives, will be provided for attendees to work in small groups to practice with one another. Different activities will focus on students with different levels of the social mind.

You will learn:

  • To use the newly developed Cascade of Social Attention Checklist. The Checklist is a tool to help evaluate an individual's social interpretive systems to better understand where to begin in the process of teaching how to think socially and ultimately produce related social skills. The Cascade also helps to explain why many of our students/clients/children have challenges with academic tasks such as reading comprehension and written expression.
  • Reality-based perspective taking: For some literal-minded individuals who show challenges in social self-awareness and observational skills, we often see a struggle to distinguish what is real versus what they hope or wish would be real. We will learn and practice activities to encourage more reality-based perspective taking.
  • To use simple technology and popsicle sticks to teach abstract ideas in very concrete ways. When trying to relate with others, many of our students/clients/children have a weak sense of physical presence and facial expressions.
  • An array of activities to encourage social conversational skills within a group to balance participation between your more talkative and less talkative individuals.
  • Examples of goals and rubrics for the activities taught throughout the day.

Speakers: Michelle Garcia Winner

Date: Friday 8 September 2017

This day details how to use some of our core curricula and motivational tools with different types of learners aged kinder to middle school. We will focus on how to use strategies in our core curricula ‘You are a Social Detective!’ and ‘Superflex®’. Social Thinking is emotional thinking. Social Thinking is flexible thinking. These tools were designed to foster social attention, social comprehension of hidden expectations and intentions, staying self-regulated to problem solve and adapt to the moment.

This interactive workshop day will be filled with creative group activities to help our students become better observers, flexible thinkers and thus move from being 'Me' thinkers to 'We' thinkers!

You will learn:

  • How ‘You are a Social Detective’ and ‘Superflex’ have been used in the mainstream classroom to help teach literature, writing, conflict resolution and working as part of a group.
  • How we adapt our teachings for kindergartners, young elementary school students, older elementary school students, and how the core lessons transfer into middle school and high school.
  • How to encourage children to become social detectives to figure out the hidden rules.
  • Creative ideas to help students learn self-awareness, self-monitoring and self-control through the teachings of Superflex's Five-Point Power Plan.
  • How these lessons are used as part of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI).
  • How to foster your own super-flexible creativity when teaching these lessons to your own children or students.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop day focuses on the use of the motivational tools “You are a Social Detective”, “Superflex…a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum”, to teach concepts related to Social Thinking®. Our intention is NOT to market the products, but instead teach how to use these curricula in the manner they were designed. Our hope is to increase the consistency and fidelity in the ways in which all of us are teaching these concepts, so the students benefit.

Who should attend

Teachers/Allied Educators from mainstream and special needs schools, Speech-language therapists, Occupational therapists, Autism specialists, Psychologists, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Physicians, Social workers, Teacher aides, Parents and caregivers of students with social thinking challenges.


Population to be discussed

DAY 1 - 5yrs to Young Adults. DAY 2 - 5yrs to 14yrs. Students who have social and communication difficulties; including but not limited to those related to high-functioning autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome, NVLD, AD/HD and undiagnosed challenges. Information presented concentrates on students with near normal to far above normal verbal intelligence.


Getting the most out of the workshops

These workshop days are focused on expanding and deepening knowledge around Social Thinking®, strategies and applications; it is advised that participants have some basic knowledge about Social Thinking®. There are many free articles about Social Thinking on the website www.SocialThinking.com. Prior to attending, participants are recommended to familiarize themselves with the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile by reading the article, Social Communication Learning Styles as a Guide to Treatment and Prognosis: The Social Thinking--‐Social Communication Profile™  


Speaker Profile

Michelle Garcia Winner MA, CCC-SLP, is the founder of Social Thinking® which specializes in developing treatment models and specific strategies for helping persons with social cognitive learning challenges. She runs and works in her clinic in San Jose; has authored numerous books and speaks internationally. Michelle’s goal is to help educators; psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills are an integral part of students’ academic, vocational and community success. She was honored with a “Congressional Special Recognition Award” in 2008. Read More.....;


Dr. Pamela Crooke Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Director of Research and Clinical Operations and Senior Therapist at the Social Thinking Center in San Jose, CA. She has an active caseload of children, teens and adults and is the co-author (with Michelle Garcia Winner) of four award-winning books related to Social Thinking. She has served on the clinical faculty of three universities, worked in the Arizona publics schools for 15 years and published a study on the effectiveness of using social thinking vocabulary in the schools. She speaks on the topic of Social Thinking on both a national and international level. Read More.....;


Workshop Details

Date: 7 - 8 September 2017

Time: 9am - 5pm (registration from 8.30am)

Venue: Hotel Re!@Pearl’s Hill, Re!Joice Grand Ballroom, 175A Chin Swee Road, Singapore 169879