Key Topics: treatment frameworks, Social Thinking vocabulary, social emotional learning

Pam Crooke and Michelle Garcia Winner

This course explores:

  • How using brain-based visual manipulatives helps our students/clients consider both their own and others’ thoughts.
  • Strategies to help students/clients notice their own thinking and feelings as they perceive social situations.
  • How the brain links information as we interact.
  • Why it’s important to help a tween/teenager learn to be proud of him or herself without needing external feedback from others.


3 hours of training and CE credit available for select professionals. For any special accommodations or assistance with resources email us.

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Creative Strategies for Teaching Social Thinking in Schools, Clinics, Homes and Through Tele-Education

From its inception, aspects of the Social Thinking® Methodology were designed to travel between time, space, and people—with explicit language-based frameworks and vocabulary as the vehicle that transports us. Many of the Social Thinking materials use the school environment as the backdrop for teaching these concepts and strategies for deeper social emotional learning. During this keynote, a series of presenters from our Social Thinking Training & Speakers’ Collaborative, including Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke, will present different ideas about how to use and teach these core concepts and strategies in the clinical setting, through tele-education, and how to coach parents to use them in their homes.

Back by popular demand—but only for a limited time! Replay access through August 12th

Individual / Small Group
$49.00 per attendee
1-4 Attendees
25% Discount
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Team / Large Group
$45.00 per attendee
5 or more attendees
30% Discount
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Non-Professional & Family
$35.00 per attendee
Intended to help people using the information in their personal lives.
45% Discount
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Detailed Description

Who should attend

The presenters have modified parts of their core content and strategies to address some of the issues we are all dealing with during this global pandemic. Humor, as always, has been embedded throughout the course, and it is possible for us to have a special few minutes with some of the children in your home who may be coming in and watching parts of the on-demand presentation with you!

Topics to be covered during this series of keynotes include, but are not limited to:

  • Brainstorming About Our Social Minds from the Inside Out and Outside In!
    By using visual supports, Michelle Garcia Winner will demonstrate a variety of interesting ways to explore and discuss how and why students/clients need to take the time to loop through other people’s minds to figure out the social response that is required—now!

  • Perspective Taking Projects Practitioners can use in their schools, clinics or homes
    Walk away with at least five practical activities using readily available materials to teach perspective taking and problem solving whether with a student/client in face-to-face sessions, in tele-education, or coaching a family to use these strategies in their home. Using recycled materials and everyday supplies, we will explore contraptions, inventions, and projects that are engaging but also designed to teach on a deeper level.

  • Summer activity: Writing and Publishing a Family Newspaper to foster real-time social learning experiences?
    When working with students with social learning challenges, such as those with higher level ASD, ADHD, social anxiety, it is likely they actively struggle to take another’s perspective. This summer, when we have less access to our peers due to “social distancing”, activities are needed to continue to encourage our clients to step outside of their own mind and into the mind of others. One way to do this, is to encourage our clients to interview some of their family members and friends around topic of their choosing and then incorporate what they’ve learned into some form of art or written expression. Possibly by making a “family newspaper.” They can play invent memes while also differentiated between what is fake news and real news. Lessons can extend to when to use humor at the right times, with the right people, and in the right places—all with the purpose of avoiding readers’ confusion! Examples of student work will be provided.

Who Should Attend

The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide variety of professionals; including speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and school administrators to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings.

Learning Objectives and Agenda


Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how using brain-based visual manipulatives helps our students/clients explore how to consider both their own and others’ thoughts, emotions, and social evaluations within social interactions.
  2. Describe one activity to help students/clients notice their own thinking and feelings as they perceive social situations.
  3. Describe one activity for helping our students/clients explore how the brain links information as we interact, rather than maintains a topic.
  4. Describe why it’s important to help a tween/teenager learn to be proud of him or herself without needing external feedback from others.


1 hour Teaching Social Thinking at Home and Through Tele-Education
30 minutes Tele-Education and Tele-Therapy Treatment Example
1 hour and 30 minutes Creative Strategies for Treens

Continuing Education Credit

3 hours toward CE credit, if applicable

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We are proud to provide access to continuing education credit for:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists (livestream and recorded)
  • Educators (livestream and recorded)
  • Social Worker (only for watching livestream)
  • Counselors (only for watching livestream)
  • Clinical and School Psychologists (only for watching livestream)
  • ...and others!


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