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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

Pamela J. Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Pam is the senior therapist at Social Thinking and part of the social-cognitive team, as well as a faculty member of San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. She authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, Socially Curious and Curiously Social, a new guidebook for teenagers and new adults and You Are a Social Detective, a comic book curriculum for younger kids. Pam has presented on social thinking and on autism spectrum disorders nationally and internationally. Previously, she coordinated the interdisciplinary clinical services at the Autism Extension Clinic within the Tucson Alliance for Autism in Arizona. Her area of expertise is treatment efficacy in social and relational therapies for individuals with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. Pam has remained a direct service provider for children and adults with autism for almost 20 years.

Curriculum Vitae

San Jose State University-Clinical Faculty
Social Thinking - Senior Therapist

EDUCATION
Institution Degree Year Emphasis
Idaho State University B.S. 1986 Speech Pathology/Audiology
Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho State University M.S. 1987 Speech/Language Pathology
Pocatello, Idaho

University of Washington Ph.D. 1994 Language Development
Seattle, Washington Treatment Efficacy


RELATED EMPLOYMENT
Date Employer Title/Position
2007 - Current San Jose State University Faculty
2007 - Current Social Thinking Center Senior Therapist

2003 - 2007 University of Arizona Faculty Autism Clinic Extension - Coordinator
1992 - 2007 Tucson Unified School District Co-Coordinator - Autism Program
Tucson, AZ Autism Diagnostic Team-TUSD
Speech/Language Pathologist
2000 - 2004 Assessment Associates Owner/Partner - Private Practice
Tucson, AZ Autism Consulting/Diagnostics

PUBLICATIONS

Winner, M. & Crooke, P. (in press) Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A social thinking guidebook for
teens and young adults, Think Social Publishing, San Jose, CA.

Winner, M. & Crooke, P. (2008) You are a social Detective: Explaining social thinking to children, Think
Social Publishing, San Jose, CA.

Crooke, P., Hendrix, R., & Rachman, J. (2008) BRIEF REPORT: The effectiveness of teaching social
thinking to adolescents with asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. Journal of Autism
and Developmental Disorders (38) 3.

Kreiymeyer, K., Crooke, P., Drye, C., Egbert, C., & Klein, B. (2000). Observed Outcomes of a co-
enrolled Classroom: Teachers' Perspectives. In Antia, S. and Stinson, M., (Eds.), Inclusive
Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Volta Review Monographs.

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

A longitudinal look at the effectiveness of teaching a social cognitive approach (Social Thinking) to adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, Geneva Center, Toronto, Canada (2008)

Deficiencias Socio-Cognitivas: ILAUGH modelo de deficiencias socio-cognitivas y estrategias para el tratamiento en la casa durante el colegio. (Social Cognitive Deficits: ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition & Strategies for Treatment across the home and school day). Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2008

Social Behavior Mapping, Social Thinking Strategies for children with autism and Asperger syndrome. Sevilla, Spain, 2008


SELECTED WORKSHOPS/INVITED PRESENTATIONS/INSERVICES

Crooke, P., Hendrix, R., & Rachman, J. (2008) Teaching Social Thinking to Children with Asperger
Syndrome and High Functioning Autism: An Effectiveness Study, Poster Session for California Speech, Language & Hearing Association

Crooke, P., Hendrix, R., & Rachman, J. (2007) Teaching Social Thinking to Children with ASD: An
Effectiveness Study, American Speech Language, & Hearing Association National Conference,
Boston, Massachusetts.

Crooke, P. (2006) Communication and Social Thinking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(Invited Speaker), NSSLHA Regional Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

Crooke, P. (2005) Facilitating Social Exchanges Using a Peer Template, Poster Session, American Speech,
Language, & Hearing Association National Convention, San Diego, California.

Crooke, P. (2004) Talking Template: Structured Peer Interviews with Children Diagnosed with Autism,
Poster Session, Arizona Speech and Hearing Association State Convention.

Strategies for Adults with Social Cognitive Issues in the University Setting, Chapelhaven West and University of Arizona, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, June, 2008.

Implementing Social Thinking for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Arizona Department of Education: Phoenix, Arizona, January, 2008.

Connecticut State Education Resource Center: Insights and Interventions for SLPs Working with Children & Youth with ASD, Middletown, Connecticut, January, 2008.

Broward County School District: Social Thinking across the Home and School Day. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 2007.

University of Arizona College of Medicine -Autism Spectrum Disorders: 3rd Annual Child Mental Health Symposium (Featured Speaker), December 2006).

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification and Intervention in the Educational Setting. (Invited presentation for the Arizona Association of School Psychologists, November, 2006).

Diagnosing ASD in the Educational Setting. (Workshop for the State of Arizona Autism Training Consortium, March, 2006).

Tucson Alliance for Autism: Diagnosis and Treatment of Children with ASD. (Invited Lecture for the Tucson Chapter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, March 2006).

Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Invited Lecture - University of Arizona, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, March 2006).

Social Thinking in Children with ASD (Tucson Pediatric Rehabilitation Study Group, February, 2006).

Facilitating Relationships Through Social Thinking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Workshop for the State of Arizona Autism Training Consortium, March, 2006).

National Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders- ASHA (Review of National Knowledge and Skills for Speech & Language Pathologists, 2006).

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Brooks Publishing, Professional Development Resources, Inc. (Book Review for ASHA-CE offering, 2005).

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations for clinical applications (Workshop for University of Arizona Department of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, June 2005).

Asperger Syndrome: Treatment and Education of Children and Adolescents (Workshop for Southern Arizona Psychological Association, April 2004).

The Question of Quirkiness-ASD? University of Arizona, NSSLHA Educational Forum (September, 2004).

EXTRAMURAL SERVICE
Professional/Organizational Activities:
2007-Present ChapelHaven West Advisory Board Member
2007-Present Teach SOCIAL! Silicon Valley Board Member
2006-Present VanGuard Advisory Board Member
2004 - 2007 Tucson Alliance for Autism Board Member
1987 - Present American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
2007 - Present California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CaSHA)
2007 - Present Santa Clara County Speech, Language and Hearing Association (SCCSHA)
2003 - Present Arizona Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ArSHA)
1990 -Present Autism Society - Pima County Chapter and National Society

Grant/Foundation Activities & Awards related to ASD:
Crooke, P. & Jacques, N. (2008) Special Hope Foundation; Social Thinking in the Schools ($50,000)

Crooke, P. (2005-present) Tucson Alliance for Autism - Anonymous Donor ($100,000 annually)

Crooke, P. (2007) The WEST Grant for Children with Autism ($8500)

Crooke, P. (2005) Alltel Grant for Infusing Art into Educating Children with Autism ($1500)

Crooke, P. (2004) Volpe Fund for Children with Asperger Syndrome ($10,000).

Crooke, P. (2003). Providing Education for Children with Autism and Related Communication Disorders. Robidoux Foundation ($20,000).

Crooke, P. & Tucker, C. (1999-2002) Educational and Communicative Interventions for Children with Autism. Robidoux Foundation ($3000/year).

Tom Jenkins Award for Outstanding Clinical Service to Individuals with Autism - October 2005.

REFERENCES
Kacey Chandler, Ph.D.
2427 E. Second
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 327-0742

Kathryn Bayless, Ph.D., Retired
University of Arizona
Department of Speech, Language, Hearing
Sciences. 1131 E. 2nd Street
Tucson, Arizona 85721
(520) 621-1644

Cass Faux, MS, CCC-SLP
University of Arizona
Department of Speech, Language, Hearing
Sciences. 1131 E. 2nd Street
Tucson, Arizona 85721
(520) 621-1644

Lesley B. Olswang, Ph.D
Department of Speech/Hearing Sciences
University of Washington-Eagleson Hall
1417 NE 42nd
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 685-2997