Embracing the Resiliency of Youth with Social Learning Differences Placed At-Risk for Involvement with the Confinement Pipeline

June 25, 2021  |  Day 1 of Our 14th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Guest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shameka Stanford

Course Description

This presentation will discuss the importance of resiliency in youth placed at-risk for involvement with the confinement pipeline. This presentation will also discuss the importance of becoming proactive clinicians in the support of social and youth justice through the development and reframing of our clinical services for black and Latin or Hispanic descent youth who identify as neurodivergent, demonstrate difficulties navigating social competencies, and accessing social skills during heightened situations.



Dr. Shameka Stanford is an associate professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Howard University. Dr. Stanford specializes in juvenile forensic speech language pathology and the impact and confluence of cognitive-communicative disorders on academic success, criminal thinking and behavior, and criminal recidivism in at-risk minority youth. Dr. Stanford has conducted research in the areas of training, knowledge, and awareness of special educators and law enforcement, identifying the impacts of untreated communication disorders on academic success and the school-to-prison pipeline, and how the attitudes and awareness of school resource officers and law enforcement affect their interaction with minority youth with undiagnosed and untreated cognitive-communicative disorders. Dr. Stanford is also an American Speech-Language and Hearing Association clinically certified and multi-state licensed speech-language pathologist, a Wrightslaw-trained Special Education Advocate, and a Temple University Inside Out Prison Exchange International Instructor.


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Dr. Stanford

Dr. Shameka Stanford, CCC-SLP, Juvenile Forensic Speech-Language Pathologist

Dr. Stanford's Guest Keynote Presentation Day 1: June 25, 2021

An Honest Discussion about Diversity, Social Competencies, and the Confinement Pipeline

Day 1 of Our 14th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Please note that this course begins promptly at 9:00 am Pacific Time.  Dr. Shameka Stanford, PhD, juvenile forensic speech-language pathologist from Howard University, will address the importance of resiliency in youth placed at-risk for involvement with the confinement pipeline. Discover how you can become proactive in the support of youth who demonstrate difficulties navigating social competencies and accessing social skills during heightened situations. Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke will address how the dynamic Social Thinking Methodology continues to evolve as we learn more about the broader social world through the lens of research, culture, race, diversity, and equity. We will also examine the roles neurodiversity and cultural diversity have played in the evolution of the Social Thinking Methodology and the critical nature of adapting metacognitive teaching tools to reflect and respect diversity.
Register for Day 1 with 3.5 hours of instruction & replay access from June 26 - July 9 (each day sold seperately)
3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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Other Keynote Speakers on Day 1: June 25, 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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