About the Presentation
There is a tendency to think that mature adults with social emotional learning challenges have very limited motivation or ability to improve—whether or not they have been previously diagnosed (e.g., autism spectrum level 1, personality disorders, ADHD, or brain injury). This type of thinking is inaccurate. Those individuals who adopt a growth mindset are able to continue learning social emotional information throughout their lives, as long as enough structure is provided for them through concrete teaching to detect and interpret the abstract social world and related responses. When presented with a blend of emotional support, strategies to manage anxiety paired with active discovery of new concepts, they become highly motivated to learn how the neurotypical social world works as they figure out how to navigate more comfortably within it.
Armed with over 20 years of experience and a range of treatment* frameworks and strategies developed within the metacognitively based Social Thinking® Methodology, this presentation explores some of the many ways one can gain perspective on the very real social emotional learning needs of neurodiverse adults and provide them with knowledge, tools, and strategies to help them learn, step by step, how to better meet some of their own social goals.
This 3.5 hour course explores:
- Experiences of adults with subtle but significant social emotional learning challenges
- Why developing social strategies requires metacognitive learning and taps into executive functions
- How our maturing social expectations lead to harsher social judgments of others
*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social strategies.
Visit the Social Thinking website for a detailed description of this program.
Read Pamela Crooke and Michelle Garcia Winner's article Respecting Neurodiversity by Helping Social Learners Meet Their Personal Goals.
Who Should Attend
The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide variety of professionals, including speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and school administrators to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings. Adults who are seeking ways to meet their own social goals or who believe they struggle with social-emotional learning are also welcomed. This includes both neurodivergent and neurotypical adults as the relevance of this presentation goes beyond a specific diagnosis.
About the Presenter
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP – Founder & CEO of Social Thinking
Michelle Garcia Winner is a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social cognitive deficits at the Social Thinking Center, her clinic in San Jose, California. After years of working in schools and in private practice with a wide-range of individuals on the autism spectrum, Social Thinking was born out of necessity as a way to reach those “bright but socially clueless students” who needed more information than just what social skill to use. She coined the term “Social Thinking®” in the mid-1990s and continues to evolve the Social Thinking framework that today includes information, vocabulary, curriculum, and strategies that help individuals with social learning challenges become better social thinkers. Her years of experience demonstrated that lessons taught through Social Thinking could apply across a range of disorders that extends beyond ASD, to individuals with ADHD, nonverbal learning challenges, as well as those with head injuries or emotional learning challenges.
The ongoing support of our individual and corporate donors has further enabled ACT to subsidize the cost of registration. Registrants will have access between April 15th and June 15th, 2021. No extensions are available.
Please note the bursary application deadline for this workshop has now passed. The online application portal closed April 2nd at 4:30pm.
Please note, there are no refunds once your subscription is confirmed.
Start date: April 15, 2021
End date: June 15, 2021
Free Social Thinking® Training for BC Educators
The Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) is generously funding hundreds of free subscriptions for BC educators working in public and independent schools [K-12].
School staff can find more information and register here.
Odin Books discount
Odin Books is offering a 10% discount off anything purchased online or in-store. Please use the coupon code Social2021 for the Social Thinking presentations. This code will be active until June 30,2021. Check with your school district before ordering Social Thinking publications, many have copies of these materials.
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Approach The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide variety of professionals, including speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and school administrators to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings. Adults who are seeking ways to meet their own social goals or who believe they struggle with social-emotional learning are also welcomed. This includes both neurodivergent and neurotypical adults as the relevance of this presentation goes beyond a specific diagnosis.