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8th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers Conference
- June 19-21, 2015
Phoenix, AZ
 - Sept 21 - 23, 2015
Boston, MA - Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2015
Minneapolis, MN - Oct 5-7, 2015
Boston, MA - Oct 12-16, 2015
Mt. Laurel, NJ - Oct 26-27 , 2015
Tacoma, WA - Nov 4-6, 2015
Salt Lake City, UT - Nov 16-17, 2015


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Three knowledge-packed days in San Jose, CA or Boston, MA.
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8th Annual Providers' Conference - Schedule Posted
Over 25 speakers present the novel ways in which they're applying and adapting Social Thinking strategies.
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Social Thinking's International Tour: May - Sept. 2015
Michelle Garcia Winner, founder of Social Thinking, will be speaking around the world this summer.
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What is Social Thinking

Day E - Information and Agenda

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity

Course Outline, Objectives, Speakers, Agenda, Contact Info

Course Outline

On this day, we will define more Social Thinking concepts and how to apply the Social Thinking Vocabulary throughout the day. Working as part of a group, the "three parts of play," abstracting and inferencing information and sharing an imagination are among the concepts we will explore and can bring together to teach students how to communicate. We will examine clinical examples that highlight how to make these abstract concepts more concrete and teachable. The Social Thinking Vocabulary is the backbone of Social Thinking teaching programs. Research published in 2008 (Crooke, et al) in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders demonstrated how students benefited from learning these concepts; specifically, that the students, once taught how to think about the concepts, could generalize the information.

Participants will work in groups to learn how to make the information work across settings, creating one or two of their own lesson plans. This workshop emphasizes how to make the teaching achievable across a variety of environments, with the focus on helping students take the ideas from the treatment session and into the rest of their lives. Michelle will present the lessons in the order presented in her book, Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School Aged Students, which is used in school districts in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, etc.

This workshop offers an advanced exploration of Social Thinking, particularly for those who have read Michelle's books, attended her workshops or are otherwise familiar with Social Thinking concepts.

This workshop is intended as a more advanced course for adults who have attended one or more of the following workshops:


Have read one or more of the following books:

Intended audiences: Teachers, speech-language pathologists, parents, social workers, learning specialists, marriage family therapists, autism specialists, occupational therapists, counselors, paraprofessionals, physical therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, clinical and educational administrators, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, advocates, other family members and caregivers of students with social and communicative challenges.

Populations to be discussed: School-age students  and adults who have social and communication difficulties, including but not limited to those related to high-functioning autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome, NLD, ADHD and undiagnosed challenges. Information presented concentrates on students with near normal to far above normal verbal intelligence (verbal IQs above 70). Most strategies focus on school-age children and adults, although the information is helpful for those living and working with younger children.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the agenda.

Course Objectives | Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe why the context or situation is key for figuring out social expectations and related social skills.
  2. Describe the core 5 steps of Social Behavior Mapping to help teach social responsibility.
  3. Define at least 5 different Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts.
  4. Describe how Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts facilitate generalization across settings.
  5. Describe the difference between sharing an imagination and a singular imagination as these relate to conversations and reading comprehension.
  6. Using one or more of the strategies reviewed in the workshop, describe what you can different with your student tomorrow.

STTSC Members Available to Present Day E


Michelle Garcia Winner
Pamela Crooke
Kari Palmer
Nancy Tarshis 
Debbie Meringolo
Nancy Clements
Renee Attaway



Register and use appropriate social skills to chat and find a seat! The conference begins at 8:30

Explore how Social Thinking concepts develop the infrastructure for students to meet the educational standards, demonstrating how key these concepts are to reading comprehension, written expression, etc.


Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts: working as part of a group, and developing self-awareness

12:00 to 12:50
Break for Lunch

Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts: social detective, making abstractions and sharing an imagination


Social Thinking Vocabulary that form tools for conversation; explore other ideas that contribute to complex social learning

If you have questions, please contact:

Social Thinking
3031 Tisch Way, Suite 800
San Jose, CA 95128

Phone: (408) 557-8595 ext. 302 Fax (408) 557-8594
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website: www.socialthinking.com