Resilience in an Uncertain Time: Supporting Students and Families During the Pandemic and Beyond

June 26, 2021  |  Day 2 of Our 14th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Guest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Rappaport

Course Description

During the pandemic, adults who work with children and families have risen to the challenge of finding new ways to connect, offering practical strategies for coping and thriving, and providing comfort and consistency – all while trying to care for themselves and their own families. Dr. Rappaport will share practical concepts and tools that participants can use to continue this work: maintaining connections, finding contributory activities, communicating in age-appropriate ways, validating questions and worries, balancing structure and rigidity, and supporting those with a history of trauma and challenging home lives. Her suggestions will be based on her many years of clinical experience and experience translating psychiatric concepts into easy actionable steps for educators and families. She will also discuss how taking care of ourselves and building our own resilience allows us to better continue to support children and families and allows us to boost our, and their, capacity to endure and perhaps even thrive during uncertain and challenging times.



Dr. Nancy Rappaport is a graduate of Princeton University and Tufts University School of Medicine. A board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Rappaport is currently a part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry. After graduating from Princeton, Rappaport worked as a science teacher at an innovative elementary school in Harlem, New York where she advocated for support for struggling families. Her life-altering experiences in Harlem inspired her to enter medical school and would help launch a robust career. Graduating from Tufts School of Medicine in 1988, Rappaport completed an internship in pediatrics and a residency in adult psychiatry, both at Massachusetts General Hospital, before completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital. It was during this fellowship that Rappaport forged a longstanding relationship with the Cambridge Public Schools.

Dr. Rappaport received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness in 2012. She also received Cambridge Health Alliance’s Art of Healing Award in 2013 – an award given to one who “transcends boundaries, joyfully embraces humanity, and profoundly inspires the healing of body and spirit.” Rappaport is the author of the memoir In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide (Basic Books, September 2009), winner of the Boston Authors Club's 2010 Julia Ward Howe Prize. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called the book “Fearless … a stunning narrative of perspective, profound sadness and unrelenting hope.” She is also the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Education Press, April 2012), written with behavioral analyst Jessica Minahan.


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Dr. Rappaport

Nancy Rappaport, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rappaport's Guest Keynote Presentation Day 2: June 26, 2021

Resilience in an Uncertain Time: Supporting Students and Families Now and Later

Day 2 of Our 14th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Please note that this course begins promptly at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Dr. Nancy Rappaport, psychiatrist and author, will provide practical concepts and strategies to build long-term resilience, connect with and support neurodivergent youth, and address children’s worries and anxieties, including those who have experienced trauma. Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke will also explain ways to encourage social learners to rally hope as they work toward their goals and use “cognitive pushes” to encourage a positive mindset and motivation to accomplish what they want for themselves.
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Other Keynote Speakers on Day 2: June 26, 2021

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 Syndrome, 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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