Autism Workshop on Social Thinking

Organization: YAI Network


Contact: Abbe Wittenberg – 212-273-6472 –

Address: McGraw Hill Auditorium, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 8:15 A.M Р4:30 P.M.

Cost: $195.00

Full-Day Autism Workshop on Social Thinking

Featuring: Michelle Garcia Winner

“Social Thinking Across The Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition”


Workshop Description

This workshop is designed for parents and professionals to understand the inner mind of persons high on the autism spectrum (Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS or high-functioning autism), with ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disability or who have no working diagnosis but they fit the clinical picture! Participants will learn not only functional treatment strategies they can use both at school and at home, but they will also better understand why these students react and respond the way they do. The presenter will introduce the I LAUGH model of Social Cognition which helps to demonstrate how social processing difficulties impact not only social skills but also the ability to work as part of a group and focus on specific academic tasks such as written expression, reading comprehension and organizational skills for many of our students. The presenter will also address how best to approach writing IEP goals that impact real, albeit, slow change in how students understand the world around them. This workshop is noted for its depth in explaining WHY students with social skills difficulties have related academic challenges, which impact them across their school and home day.


Workshop Objectives

1. Workshop participants will be able to explain how teaching “think with your eyes” is different from simply teaching good eye contact; 2. explain why a person with social skill deficits may have reading comprehension problems in the classroom; 3. distinguish and describe the difference between a useful IEP goal and one that is of little benefit towards developing their program; 4. describe how use of strategy cards can facilitate teaching of initiation of communication; 5. explain how “thinking with your eyes” relates to auditory processing; 6. explain how gestalt processing relates to written expression and organizational skills.


About Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, developed social thinking for the treatment of individuals with social-cognitive deficits: those with diagnoses such as autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and nonverbal learning disorder (NLD). She first began teaching social thinking in 1995 to brighter students when she worked as a speech-language pathologist for a high school district. Twelve years later, she received an Award of Special Congressional Recognition for her development and ongoing innovation of this treatment approach. At the about the same time, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research supporting her methods for the treatment of students with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.

Michelle travels around the world speaking on topics relating to social thinking, and receives accolades for her educational and energetic workshop presentations. She has been invited to train psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, parents, educators and government policy makers on the importance of social thinking.



Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:15 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Morning Session 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Lunch (on your own) 12:00 P.M.- 1:30 P.M.

Afternoon Session 1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

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