Social Thinking Workshops

with Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia WinnerMichelle Garcia Winner is a US Congressional-award winning speech-language pathologist who specializes in treating students who are experiencing social and communication challenges. The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research supporting her Social Thinking approach for high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome and her methods have assisted students with other diagnoses, such as ADHD, and those who have no diagnosis. She runs a clinic, has authored numerous books on Social Thinking and speaks internationally. She serves on the panel of professional advisers of the Autism Society of America. Michelle’s goal is to help educators and parents appreciate how crucial developing Social Thinking and related social skills is to a student’s success and growth throughout life.


Workshop 1 – August 19, 2011

Informal Dynamic Social Thinking® Assessment and Core Treatment and Goal Writing Strategies for Use at Home and School.
(This is a repeat of the introductory workshop Day 1 given in March 2010 KL)

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe how teaching social thinking and related skills can be done in the classroom during academic and social tasks.
  2. Participants will be able to define 5 different social thinking vocabulary concepts.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how social thinking vocabulary concepts facilitate generalization across settings.
  4. Participants will create a lesson plan to teach students they are part of a group.
  5. Participants will create a lesson plan to teach students how to be more aware of non-verbal communication or verbal communicative information.

Course Outline:

This workshop allows parents and educators to learn more about teaching social thinking and related skills to students. We will explore how social thinking concepts develop the infrastructure for students to meet the educational standards and how key these concepts are to reading comprehension, written expression, etc.
We will define many social thinking concepts and how to apply the “social thinking vocabulary” across the school and home day. Conference participants will work in teams to develop new creative social thinking lessons to fit their teaching environment. The focus of the day will be on making the teaching achievable across a variety of environments, with the focus on helping students to carry the concepts out of the treatment room and into their real lives. Furthermore, we will explore how to work as part of an educational team. How do we share the workload when helping these kids?

Workshop 2 – August 20, 2011

Organized Thinking: Dealing with the dreaded homework assignment and everything else a student wants to postpone!

Course Objectives/Participants will be able to:

  1. Increase awareness of their own organizational structures so that they can better offer support to others.
  2. Define the difference between static and dynamic organizational skills.
  3. Define a strategy for helping students to explore their own motivation towards approaching complex tasks.
  4. Describe the 10-step model to understand the deeper organizational skills and support each step with an instructional strategy.
  5. Write 3 IEP goals to support addressing deeper organizational issues in our schools.
  6. Describe the importance of time prediction and how analog clocks teach this concept differently than digital clocks.


Course Outline:

This workshop focuses on executive functioning skills and related practical strategies to track and tackle homework and other deadline based duties.

The impact of poor organizational skills is immense, affecting one’s outcome in school as well as at home and work. The vast majority of students with social cognitive deficits have immense difficulty developing organizational skills. Relatively little support is given to teach students to develop these critical skills that carry over into their future jobs and home-life as adults. 

The workshop will explore the different types of organizational skills and explore strategies to improve planning and establish structure. 

Participants will learn how to recognise different organizational difficulties and how to develop better systems. It will identify teaching strategies designed to help with planning goal setting and time management.


Workshop day 1 or 2 individually RM 450 per day.
Special discount rate for both days, RM 800


The University of Nottingham
Teaching Centre Level 2,
Chulan Tower No 3
Jalan Conlay 50450
Kuala Lumpur

For more information visit Michelle Garcia Winner’s website.