Renee Attaway, MS, CCC-SLP
|Speaker Region:||Southern U.S.|
|Speaker Focus:||Workshops: A C E|
|School age, School related programs in public/private settings|
Renee Attaway has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist since 2000. For most of her career, she has worked at The Parish School, a private school in Houston, TX for children with language and learning differences. She is the founder and director of Social Thinking® at Parish, a program that offers social cognitive services for children from preschool to high school, a Social Thinking summer camp, parent groups, and workshops for professionals.
Prior to developing the program, Renee held various teaching and administrative positions at Parish. As Speech Pathology Coordinator she organized parent and professional continuing education, coordinated speech/language services for the school, and oversaw the preschool program. As SACS coordinator, she directed the reaccreditation process for The Parish School with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She also served as the Summer Camp Director for the school’s language and learning disabilities day camp.
Renee taught a preschool class for children with language delays for eight years. She offered individual therapy for preschool and elementary students before discovering Social Thinking and the work of Michelle Garcia Winner in 2003. Hearing Michelle talk about Social Thinking changed her career. After completing Mentor Training in 2005 at the Social Thinking Clinic, Renee continued to pursue yearly trainings offered by Michelle and her staff, and began to offer social thinking services for children aged preschool to high school. She completed the Internship with Social Thinking Santana Row in January of 2012.
In addition to offering individual social cognitive therapy and more traditional social thinking groups, Renee combines Social Thinking with a play model to offer “Social Labs” where students get an opportunity practice social thinking during Lego clubs, girls & boys clubs, preschool play-dates, and an outdoor social thinking club.
Renee began Camp Social Superheroes, a week-long overnight camp at Camp For All for eight to twelve-year-olds that focuses on building social thinking concepts. The camp combines daily social thinking groups with opportunities to practice social thinking while participating in a traditional summer camp experience.
An enthusiastic speaker who enjoys connecting with audiences, Renee is a passionate supporter of Social Thinking and has worked to train both parents and professionals in developing better ways to support students’ social cognitive development. Renee has presented the Social Thinking approach in a variety of settings, including private schools, to speech pathology groups, and at conferences, including TSHA (Texas Speech and Hearing Association). In addition, she has spoken about social cognitive development, preschool play and social development, group language therapy, and creating effective social groups.
At the University of Houston, Renee worked as a Clinical Supervisor and supervised graduate students in speech pathology. She created and directed Cougar Communication Groups, which offered a summer group therapy experience for graduate students and included articulation, language, reading, and social groups.
For two-and-a-half years, Renee served on the Programming Committee for TSHA, which is responsible for planning and hosting the annual convention for the state. Renee served as committee co-chair and helped coordinate the convention hosting site, sessions offered, and convention activities.
Renee has presented on the following topics in addition to the core Social Thinking workshops mentioned above:
- Social Thinking® for Elementary Students
- Language Development in Young Children
- Preschool Social Development and Play Skills
- Social Groups 101: How to run an effective social group
- Pragmatic Language Skills
- Behavior vs. Social: Understanding Social Difficulties in a Classroom
- Language Therapy in a Group Setting
- Social Skills in the Preschool Classroom
- Social Skills in Neurotypical Children
Renee is the mother of two young children and spends most of her free time playing, creating art projects, and chasing preschoolers. She is an avid reader and loves traveling, painting and crafts, restaurants, and Pilates.