Fostering Development of Social and Organizational Competencies through Technology, Visual Tools, Games

Day 1 of Our 15th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Guest Keynote Speaker: Sarah Ward

Course Description

Did you know that to effectively execute a task you need to time travel? This session will equip you with strategies and tech tools to develop your students/clients’ ability to “map” language to their actions and movement across time and space as a key component of effective task execution. Learn how to teach your students to develop the verbal and nonverbal language skills they need to develop situational awareness and then use “mental time travel” to move from a present state toward a future goal and to form a “Plan B” when obstacles arise.



Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate-level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her co-director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from CHADD, The National Resource Center on ADHD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1600 public and private schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.


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Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP

Sarah Ward's Guest Keynote Presentation Day 1

Providers' Day 1

Strategies, Language & Tech Tools for Improving Executive Functions: Time Travel, Self-Awareness, Self-Evaluation & Self-Regulation

Day 1 of Our 15th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Executive functions are important for developing social and organizational competencies throughout our daily activities. While it may be obvious that social and organizational learning helps us to work in groups and acquire academic information, these same core competencies help us socially problem solve within and across our daily lives. Sarah Ward, an internationally recognized expert and dynamic speaker on executive functions, followed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke, co-developers of the Social Thinking Methodology, present two different keynotes on this important topic. Social and organizational awareness, prioritizing, and goal setting to then develop and carry out realistic action plans are some of the many concepts we expect students to acquire without direct instruction. In this course, you’ll learn how to use specific language, tech tools & strategies to foster development of situational awareness, mental time travel, self-awareness, and self-evaluation—all of which contribute to personal self-regulation.
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3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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Other Keynote Speakers on Day 1

Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP specializes in the treatment of individuals with social learning challenges and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®, a company dedicated to helping individuals from four through adulthood develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle coined the term “Social Thinking” in the mid-1990s and since that time has created numerous unique treatment frameworks and curricula that help educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally.


Michelle helps to develop educational programs, consults with and trains families and schools, and is a guiding presence with a wide range of professionals, politicians, and businesses on the topic of social emotional competencies. She has written and/or co-authored more than 20 books on Social Thinking and her work is being applied not only to persons with higher-functioning autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, and related disabilities, but also more broadly to students in mainstream classrooms and to adults in vocational and professional settings in the U.S. and abroad.


Michelle was honored with a Congressional Special Recognition Award for her groundbreaking work in the field of social learning.


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Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, Founder & CEO Social Thinking

Dr. Pamela Crooke

Dr. Pamela Crooke has co-authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, five award-winning books related to Social Thinking: Socially Curious and Curiously Social, You Are a Social Detective, Social Fortune or Social Fate, Social Town, and their book geared to adults, Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough. She and Winner collaborate on writing articles and blogs that appear on the Social Thinking website and in a wide array of publications.


Pamela is a prolific speaker, giving workshops, presentations, and training staff on the Social Thinking Methodology. She has co-authored books for young children and teens including the Autism Society of America Literary Book of the Year in 2012. She is on the board and/or is a member of a wide range of organizations related to autism and speech/language.


Dr. Pamela Crooke has been the recipient of several foundation and community grants. In 2011, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award with Co-recipient Michelle Garcia Winner from the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CSHA).


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Pamela Crooke

Dr. Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, Co-developer of the Social Thinking Methodology & Chief Strategy Officer Social Thinking

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