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Thoughts on Encouraging Students to Ask for Help

By Michelle Garcia Winner

Learning to ask for help is an important life skill. Within the Social Thinking® teaching framework, this social ability is part of the larger skill set Initiation, the "I" that kicks off the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking. It's important for all individuals to learn to initiate requests for help in various environments, such as at home, in their classes, and when around others, and this is especially relevant to individuals with social learning challenges, for whom this skill set doesn't unfold through typical social development.

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What is Social Thinking

micheles-workshopsSocial Thinking is well known throughout the U.S. for the conferences it offers. The conferences feature the methods Michelle Garcia Winner and her clinical team have developed to treat social communication challenges, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder (high functioning), social communication disorder, nonverbal learning disorder, ADHD, etc. You can browse through the full calendar of events below, or if you're looking only for the conferences Social Thinking hosts you can go to the Social Thinking Conference page.

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Social Thinking Conferences 

The conferences Michelle Garcia Winner's organization, Social Thinking, hosts are open to all and frequently sell out, so early registration is suggested and offers a discount. You can browse through the list below of all events featuring therapists who have developed and are experienced in presenting Social Thinking treatment methods.

Trainings and Similar Events

The members of our Social Thinking Training & Speakers' Collaborative also give workshops and trainings to organizations, schools, therapists, parent groups and more. Attendance details for the presentations to other groups vary greatly. Some are open to outside attendees while others are not. Please communicate with the contact or organization listed for each event to find out more about attendance and prices.

If your organization is interested in having a member of the Social Thinking Training & Speakers' Collaborative speak, please browse below to see if a Social Thinking event is open in your area. You can also take a look at course descriptions to find which speaker and workshop day would work best for you and your group. Or if your group is ready you can click below.

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 April 2014


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Emeryville, CA
Ryan Hendrix


April 19, 2014

Meet Ryan Hendrix!
Author ofThe Incredible Flexible You

Hosted by Autism Answers

Barnes & Noble Book Store
5603 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA 94608


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Kelowna, BC, Canada
Ryan Hendrix and Kari Zweber Palmer

April 26, 2014

Ryan Hendrix and Kari Zweber Palmer will be presenting Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories and Play for Early Learners

Contact: 
Selina Lai
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www.actcommunity.ca


 May 2014


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Pamela Crooke

May 8-9, 2014

Pamela Crooke presents: 
May 8th: Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day:  The ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking
May 9th: Social Thinking and Transition Planning for the Adult World and Real Life

Contact:
Ginny Lane
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Michelle Garcia Winner

May 14, 2014

Michelle Garcia Winner presents Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary Into Our School/Home Day

Contact:
Marian Myers
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 978-232-9755 x 1356
www.nsedu.org


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Michelle Garcia Winner

May 19, 2014

Michelle Garcia Winner presents Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day:  The ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking

Contact:
Suzanne Pomerleau
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www.avcollaborative.org

 


 

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Fredericton, NB, Canada
Nancy Clements

May 29-30, 2014

Nancy Clements presents 

Contact:
Kelly Richard
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 506-450-6025
www.autismconnectionsfredericton.org

 


June 2014


 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Michelle Garcia Winner

June 9-11, 2014

Michelle Garcia Winner presents:  Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day:  The ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary into our School/Home Day.

Contact:
Risca Solomon
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www.skyboundtherapies.co.uk



July 2014


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Pamela Crooke

July 11, 2014

Pamela Crooke presents for the Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome Educational Foundation Annual Conference

 

Contact:
Dianne Altuna
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www.vcfsef.org

 


 

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Michelle Garcia Winner

July 18, 2014

Michelle Garcia Winner presents for SENG

Contact:
www.sengifted.org

Click here to view flyer



August 2014


 

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Billings, MT
Michelle Garcia Winner

August 5-6, 2014

Michelle Garcia Winner presents for Montana State University

Contact:

Debra Miller
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (406) 657-2072
www.msubillings.edu/smart

 


 

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Schaumburg, IL
Michelle Garcia Winner

August 18-19, 2014

Michelle Garcia Winner presents for Schaumburg School District 54

Contact:
Jennifer Naddeo
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 847-357-5052

 



September 2014


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Calgary, AB, Canada
Kari Palmer

September 12-13, 2014

September 12th: Teaching Social Thinking through Stories and Play for Early Learners

September 13th: Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME

Contact:
Krista Plosz (403) 990-6578 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or
Nicole Dickson (403) 835-4584 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://www.growingskillsot.com/educationworkshops.html

 


 

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Boston, MA

September 29-30, 2014



October 2014


 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
Michelle Garcia Winner

October 2-3, 2014

Michelle Garcia Winner presents for Einhverfusamtokin

Contact:
Sigrun Hjartardottir
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www.einhverfa.is 
or www.greining.is

 


 

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Boston, MA

October 9-10, 2014



 
 

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Pittsburgh, PA

October 23-24, 2014
 

 

 


 

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Seattle, WA

October 27-29, 2014

 


 

 November 2014


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Bangor, ME
Nancy Clements

November 6-7, 2014

Nancy Clements presents Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment and Implementing Social Thinking COncepts and Vocabulary

Contact:
www.mslha.org

 


 

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Santa Barbara, CA

November 6-7, 2014

 


 

 December 2014

 


 

 

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Concord, CA

December 3-5, 2014