Free Social Thinking® Training for BC Educators – Funded by POPARD

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For non-school staff, general registration will be open Tuesday, March 16, at a special reduced rate.

To compensate for the inability to provide in-person conferences or training due to the pandemic, the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) is generously funding hundreds of free subscriptions for educators from BC public and independent schools [K-12]. This will allow access to pre-recorded training provided by the internationally respected Social Thinking® organization, headed by Michelle Garcia Winner. 

School staff can register using the application form to receive access to one of the two Social Thinking pre-recorded training programs listed. You can watch any time between April 15 – June 15, 2021. 

Update: All successful applicants will receive a bonus subscription to Social Detective and Superflex, in addition to the choice you make on the form below.

Please register as soon as possible. Registration is done on a first come, first registered basis. Registration will close as soon as all spots are filled, or on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. ACT will confirm if your application was successful by Monday, April 12, 2021, if not before.

Please do not apply for others – this process relies on individuals applying for themselves.

Application form

Please note that only BC school staff [K-12] are eligible for these free subscriptions. If you do not have a school email address your registration cannot be processed. Only one subscription to access one of the options is allowed per individual.

Submissions are now closed for this offer.

If you are supporting a student who has more intensive needs, ACT has a number of appropriate offerings in our Upcoming Events and Autism Videos @ ACT.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Social Thinking pre-recorded training programs to choose from


Early Learners (Ages 4-7)

Four-part recorded series

Presented by Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP

Ryan Hendrix has delighted ACT audiences at four training events over the last decade. This is a chance for school teams from across BC to be inspired by Ryan to implement Social Thinking’s award-winning We Thinkers curriculum, using storybooks, and music: 
We Thinkers! Volume 1: Social Explorers
We Thinkers! Volume 2: Social Problem Solvers.

Ryan will demonstrate how to use multi-sensory lessons and strategies to promote social collaboration, and play, to explore social development. Included is how to teach 10 core Social Thinking concepts, including the use of storybooks to help students learn to self-regulate within the social world.

For a detailed description of this program’s learning outcomes, visit the Social Thinking website.

Tweens and Teens

Two-part recorded series

Presented by Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP  and Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP

In this series, Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke  explore the unique needs of tweens and teens who are developing social self-awareness. They will present strategies to increase the student’s motivation to learn to help themselves, in the process of social emotional learning. Also included are:

  • The do’s and don’ts of helping the more resistant learner.
  • Practical strategies to guide students to learn about executive functions.
  • The use of metacognitive strategies when helping students learn how to meet their own goals.

Also explored are concepts related to social conformity, boredom management, and fostering autonomy and motivation by developing one’s own self-management and public relations campaigns.

Visit the Social Thinking website for more details.

Bonus subscription

Social Detective and Superflex

Presented by Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP

This series is provided to all successful applicants, in addition to the choice made on the application form.

This two-part series is packed with strategies and activities to help your students, clients, and patients learn more about the social world and how to navigate to self-regulate within it.

Visit the Social Thinking website for more details.

Preparing Adolescents to Launch

This option is no longer available. However, the same material is covered in the Tweens and Teens series (above).