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Social Thinking Workshop Sydney 16 - 17 August 2017

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Two-Day Social Thinking Workshop, Sydney 16 - 17 August 2017

Day 1 Topic: ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (Kinder - young adult)

Day 2 Topic: ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems (kinder - young adult)

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Dates: Wednesday 16 August 2017 and Thursday 17 August 2017 (this is a 2 day workshop, single days not available)

Presenters: Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr Pamela Crooke


1. Super Keen: $650 plus GST tickets available 25 September 2016 to 31 December 2016 - Great value! SOLD OUT.

2. Keen: $750 plus GST (i.e. $825) tickets available 1 January 2017 to 31 June 2017;

3. Standard: $850 plus GST (i.e. $935) tickets available 1 July 2017 to 1 August 2017.

Location:  The Smith Room, Wesley Mission, 220 Pitt Street Sydney (close to St James Station and Town Hall Station).  The workshop will commence at 8:30am and conclude at 4pm with registration open from 7:45am. 

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What's Included:  Both days will include morning and afternoon tea and lunch. You can email any special dietary requirements to

Who should attend?  This workshop will suit teachers, other professionals and parents.

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Day 1 Topic:  ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners: (kinder - young adult)

Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017

Presenters: Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr Pamela Crooke


Day 1 of this two-day conference focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that support students with significant social processing challenges. These are students who are more literal, more aloof, miss sarcasm, are less organised, show marked difficulty reading social cues, have problems comprehending reading material, find it difficult expressing themselves through writing, and appear more awkward in their attempts to socially engage with their peers. This day will expand your understanding of where to start and how to progress with these students based on their age, what is realistic to teach, and how to apply this learning in the inclusion-based classroom, therapy room or at home. This conference day is focused on expanding and deepening your knowledge of Social Thinking strategies to use with concrete learners.

What you will learn? -  Participants will be able to:

1. Describe four core characteristics of Challenged and Emerging Social Communicators and explain why these students struggle to learn social and academic concepts in groups and as a result require different social thinking lessons from Nuance Challenged Social Communicators.

2. Develop a lesson for an individual with characteristics of an Emerging Social Communicator. The lesson will include visual support(s) and/or worksheets to translate abstract concepts to more concrete ideas.

3. Describe at least one additional treatment approach to use in conjunction with Social Thinking for individuals who function as Challenged and Emerging Social Communicators.

Day 2 Topic:  ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems: (kinder - young adult)

Date: Thursday 17 August 2017

Presenters: Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr Pamela Crooke


Day 2 of this two-day conference will explore how to work with individuals who struggle with self-regulation, social anxiety, and depression. Michelle and Pam will offer nuance-based social learning activities and take a deeper look at how teaching lessons related to social nuance differs from teaching social “rules.” Individuals in this group may represent a range of diagnoses such as: ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, NVLD – or be undiagnosed. Nuance-based social learners tend to have significant issues, yet they are least likely to get peer mentor support because they often appear to “blend in” with their peers, at least from an adult perspective. They are also the most likely to be bullied since they are seen by their peers as subtly different. As a result, they may have significant social anxiety and experience meltdown moments. Many have considerable challenges with Executive Functioning such as asking for help, working in peer-based groups, and doing homework. There tends to be an underlying struggle to interpret the intentions and perspective of others, but a keen ability to notice when others aren’t following the social rules. These individuals often act without a deeper understanding of the social situation or how their actions affect those around them. This conference day is focused on expanding and deepening your knowledge of Social Thinking strategies for individuals with subtle but significant social problems.

What you will learn? -  Participants will be able to:

1. Describe four core characteristics of those considered to be Nuance Challenged Social Communicators and how to consider those characteristics in group planning.

2. Describe how to develop strategies for use in school and home settings, differentiating cognitive behavioural treatment from applied behaviour analysis.

3. Develop lessons or a group of lessons geared toward students with more nuance-based challenges. The lessons will include the creation of worksheets to translate abstract concepts into more concrete ideas.

4. Create a social learning activity that can be used in an inclusion-based learning environment to engage all students in the classroom.

Preparation for both days:

Participants should read the article, "The Social Thinking‐Social Communication Profile™ - Levels of the Social Mind". The article will be sent to you upon registration.