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By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Friday, October 17th, 2008 at 11:33 am in Autism.

ASPERGER ILLUS.jpgThe blog entry about Denis Leary’s new book has spurred talk about misconceptions with autism. Cameron McCrady, communications director for Social Thinking, shared that workshops will be held in Alamo on Dec. 1 and 2 “for parents and educators who take care of children on the autism spectrum.

“Michelle Garcia Winner is a Congressional award-winning author and speech-language pathologist specializing in the social-cognitive challenges seen in individuals who have higher-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and similar challenges. In 2007, The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities published research validating Michelle’s “social thinking” methodologies and she serves on the panel of professional advisors of the Autism Society of America. She will be presenting two workshops for professionals, paraprofessionals and parents at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. Michelle has recently published a new comic book (her ninth book on ASD) for elementary school kids, ‘You Are a Social Detective,’ which teaches them how to use their eyes, ears, and brains to better figure out what other people mean by their actions, gestures and words.” For more details

Dec. 1: Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary into our School and Home Day: A Day to Develop Team Creativity. Parents and educators will learn more about teaching social thinking and related skills, including how these concepts establish the foundation that students need to meet educational standards, such as reading comprehension, written expression and more. Participants will learn how to apply a “social thinking vocabulary” through the school and home day and work in teams to develop lessons for their particular environments.

Dec. 2: Teaching Beyond the Think Social! Curriculum: Addressing Preschoolers, “Superflex” in Elementary School, Middle School Anxiety and Emerging Perspective Taking for students with high-functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADHD. This workshop will focus on lessons for students with Asperger’s and those on the higher end of the autism spectrum. Appropriate for socially aloof as well as for socially engaged problematic students ranging in age from preschool through middle school. Strategies for helping students identify and address anxiety and the Superflex comic book curriculum will be addressed.

Visit the Social Thinking Web site to receive a 10 percent discount on registration, plus 10 percent off early registration before Nov. 17. Group discounts of five or more also apply when registrations are done at the same time.

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