Social Thinking Conferences

Social Thinking Conferences

Winner Michelle STTSC web2Michelle Garcia Winner received a Congressional award of special recognition for her development of Social Thinking, a treatment approach for social and communicative challenges.

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research supporting the use of Social Thinking methods for treating Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. This approach is equally well known for its breadth and flexibility for treating and teaching a range of individuals struggling with social learning.

Michelle's inspiring and practical conferences are designed for professionals and parents alike -- for anyone working with students and adults who are experiencing social and communication problems (high-functioning autism, Asperger's, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorders... or no diagnosis!). Listed below are the events Michelle's organization, Social Thinking, hosts. Registration is open to all. Early registration is suggested and offers a discount!

The Social Thinking Training & Speakers' Collaborative

Michelle is part of the Social Thinking Training & Speakers' Collaborative, a group of professionals specially trained in and actively practicing Social Thinking. Please take a look at the Social Thinking Training & Speakers' Collaborative if your group is not near one of the regions of Michelle's conferences below.

Comments from Participants

  • "Michelle is an amazing speaker. She makes all of these complexities seem so easy to understand and relay to kids with social issues." - Occupational Therapist

  • "The most intelligent, humane understanding of socially challenged people I've ever had occasion to hear" - parent

  • "Thank you for connecting social learning with scholastic learning" - Special Ed teacher

  • "Simply great parenting strategies to use with all kids!" - parent

  • "Chomping at the bit to take it back to the school district"  - occupational therapist

  • "This was such an amazing conference.  I can't wait to take this wealth of information to my classromm" - Special Ed teacher

  • "I can take everything I've learned here and put to use in therapy" - SLP


Fall 2014 Conference Schedule

Tentative dates and locations for our Fall 2014 Conference Schedule:

September 29-30, 2014 Boston, MA

October 9-10, 2014 Boston, MA

October 23-24, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA

October 27-29, 2014 Seattle, WA

November 6-7, 2014 Santa Barbara, CA

December 3-5, 2014 Concord, CA

February 4-6, 2015 San Diego, CA

We hope to post our final Fall Schedule by April 15th. Please check back on our website for updates. Also, follow us on Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of all our events, new Social Thinking products and Michelle's blog.

*Please note, we cannot take any registrations at this time*


2014 Hartford May Conference


Hartford, CT Social Thinking Conference
May 7-9, 2014

May 7th & May 8th is sold out! - Sorry No Walk ins!
May 9th tickets for our Early Learner Day still available!

Know people who want to learn about Social Thinking? Send them to our two newly updated core days!

Recharge, refresh, and re-energize your teaching curriculum! If you’ve been hearing a lot about Social Thinking, but aren’t quite sure what it’s all about, or how to teach it, join us! You’ll hear Michelle present two days of core material about Social Thinking, infused with new thought and updated information! Even if you’ve heard her speak before, you’ll find new strategies to take back to your clinic or classroom to improve how you teach your students. Join us and better understand the inner mind of persons with social learning challenges, whether or not they have a formal diagnosis. Take home practical tools that can be immediately used by parents and professionals to better define treatment needs and create tailored treatment plans.

  • Great for all levels of Social Thinkers!
  • CES and CEUs offered!
  •  Early Bird and Group Rates Available!


May 7, 2014
Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day:  The ILAUGH Model© of Social Thinking – NEW Information on writing goals and taking data with rubrics!
-Hosted by Michelle Garcia Winner and Deb Meringolo

Help students avoid the blurt, cope with boring moments, and read hidden social rules! Social Thinking teaches therapists, parents, and teachers practical strategies to help students be more active social thinkers in the classroom, on the playground, at home, and in the community. Learn about the ILAUGH Model and writing goals linked to the Common Core Standards to teach effective communication and social problem solving.

May 8, 2014
Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies for Home and School.
-Hosted by Michelle Garcia Winner and Nancy Clements

Five core Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment strategies will be presented, using video to help parents and professionals better learn to tailor treatment plans to each student. Michelle will review the basics of running Social Thinking groups, and then explore additional core Social Thinking treatment strategies: Social Behavior Mapping which teaches social responsibility to others, The Peer-A-Mid of Friendship which explains the journey from friendly to friendship, and The Spirals of Success and Failure which help address social anxiety in teens.

May 9, 2014
Teaching Social Thinking through Stories & Play in Early Learners (ages 4-7)
- Presented by Kari Zweber Palmer and Nancy Tarshis

  • Provide rich and supportive collaborative-learning and play experiences.
  • Learn 10 Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts adapted for children.
  • Use stories, music, and structured activities to encourage social learning in kids.
  • Discover what's "behind the scenes" of pretend play— a flexible brain, competent language ability, self-regulation, solid social-emotional development, executive function skills and more!


“Wow! What an excellent day...So much to reflect on, incorporate and build upon.”
-Linda, OT 2013 January SSF attendee

“Thank you for continuing to challenge my thinking to better meet my students’ needs.”
-Kathryn, SLP 2013 January SSF attendee


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2014 South San Francisco Providers Conference

7th National Social Thinking®
Providers Conference!

June 20-22, 2014

The Providers Conference is a time for practitioners of Social Thinking, nationally and internationally, to come together to learn, share ideas and network. As the "Social Thinking movement" grows the hope is for attendees to gain knowledge and not have to "re-create the wheel" as they develop practical programs and services allowing them to expand upon what others have shared.


Making Change Happen:
Exploring Systems, Students, and Everything In Between

The Social Thinking Providers Conference advances the knowledge of current users of Social Thinking. This is not a course for beginners, but a time for national and international practitioners of Social Thinking to come together to learn, share ideas, and network. In addition to targeted breakout sessions presented by in-the-trenches parents and professionals, we have nationally recognized keynote speakers who will be addressing specific and timely topics. As always, Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke will also offer keynotes and present the newest ideas about Social Thinking.

We are excited to announce our three keynote speakers this year:

Dr. Jed Baker – Director of the Social Skills Training Project, award winning author, and a frequent guest on national television.
Kari Dunn Buron, MS – Author of several books including co-author of The Incredible 5 Point Scale, ASA Award Winner, and co-editor textbooks for educators.
Dr. Cathy Pratt – Director of the Indianan Resource Center for Autism, international speaker, and 2010 invitee to the White House to provide feedback for the President's initiatives on autism spectrum disorders.
Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke - Social Thinking

Come join us in this remarkable, peer-to-peer learning opportunity!  We are a community that encourages innovation and creativity!  You won't be dissapointed!

"The brilliance of the Providers Conference is that core Social Thinking principles are being utilized, shared, and distributed from a variety of speakers to parents and professionals alike."  - Providers Conference Attendee



Online Registration is now open!


Click here to download the paper registration!

Fax Purchase Orders to 408-557-8594