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Rural and Remote Workshops

Autism SA brings a range of Family and Professional Workshops to Rural and Remote areas. Please see below for any sessions that are coming near you! 

Venue: Please refer to the below for specific locations. 

For assistance in registering, please contact Emma Bennett, Training, Consultancy and Research Officer on 8462 0658 or 

For further information regarding the content of the sessions please contact Kate Exner, the Training and Development Consultant on 0421 326 710 or 

For Terms of Trade, please click here. 

Workshop Information








Progression to School

Topics covered:

•The importance of working as a transition team.
•Tips and ideas to help you ready your child for school.
•Funding options.

Tough Topics - public/private, hygiene, puberty and relationships                                                                  

This session aims to empower families and carers to be able to cover some of the topics that come hand in hand with growing up!  It will give you strategies to support learning and development in the difficult areas of public vs private, hygiene, puberty, menstruation, masturbation and all different types of relationships.

How to increase engagement with Students on the Autism Spectrum; Scheduling 'Work', 'Rewards' and 'Breaks'

This workshop defines the clear difference between ‘work’, ‘rewards’ and ‘breaks’, and how important it is in motivating and meeting the needs of all students. The presenters will explicitly identify how to gather this information and how to order activities to maximise motivation and ensure individuals on the spectrum can succeed to the best of their ability. By utilising personal schedules, the fine balance between ‘work’, ‘breaks’ and ‘rewards’ can be clearly communicated and can increase motivation and independence in all educational settings.

2019 Autumn Conference Series: Using the Social Thinking Methodology to support Social Learning


Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Socially Thinking®, will teach those that support people with social emotional learning challenges to develop skills in how they interpret and respond to social information to better connect with others. Michelle will present practical strategies to improve social competencies that can be used immediately in the classroom, clinic, home and community.

The conference is set to be an engaging, interactive day where participants will be guided through a range of innovative socially based problem solving strategies that can be used with individuals with solid expressive and receptive language skills, in a range of settings.

Frameworks and strategies presented and demonstrated include;

  • How to encourage the development of social competencies;
  • 10 core Social Thinking Vocabulary Concepts such as ‘expected’ and ‘unexpected’ behaviours;
  • Social Behaviour Maps and ME maps for self-protective, resistant learners; and
  • The Double Interview and Thinking With Your Eyes.

Outcomes for participants and individuals include learning how they can support the development of four core factors in social learning: social attention, interpretation, problem solving tothen figure out social responses. Participants will develop skills to help people learn to process and respond to social information; which then promotes social self-regulation.

“Observing the social interactions of others is very helpful to me as I formulate how to interact myself. I’ve learned not everyone walks with their head down avoiding eye contact all of the time. I’ve learned when and how to smile. I’ve studied what makes a stranger seem approachable. In short, you have to know the rules of the game in order to play the game’. A quote from a 43-year-old engineer and student of Social Thinking’s Methodology 

‘Your program has given me the much needed tools to communicate in a meaningful way with my 9 year old son. Thank you. The stress level in our house has decreased along with the meltdowns. He is able to come out of the meltdowns much more readily. Thanks.’- Conference Attendee, Parent

Who should attend?

Educators, clinicians, professionals, parents, family members, individuals and anyone who supports a person on the spectrum will benefit from attending this conference. All participants will develop an appreciation that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life - socially, academically, and professionally.


Michelle Garcia Winner is an internationally recognised speech pathologist from the United States and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®. Social Thinking is a company dedicated to helping individuals from across their lifespan to develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle is recognised as ‘...the leading expert in the field of social skills’ with more than 30 years’ experience working with individuals, families and professionals in the autism sector. Michelle is a prolific writer and has written and/or co-authored more than 40 books and over 100 research articles about the Social Thinking Methodology including; ‘Social Behaviour Mapping’; ‘Thinking about you, Thinking about Me?’; ‘You are a Social Detective’; and ‘Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum”.

Michelle is known for her enthusiastic presentation style and ability to provide participants with real strategies that can make a difference in the school, home and community setting.

" of my favorite authors in the field of teaching emotional intelligence. Michelle Garcia Winner has pioneered some very helpful ways of conceptualising and helping educators understand the social challenges that students on the autism spectrum face." - Stephan Borgman, 2010, Psychology Today, ‘Spectrum Solutions’ 


8.30-9.25am – Registration

9.30-9.45am- Conference opening

9.45-10.30am- Social Think’s Social Competency Model

10.30-10.50am- Morning Tea

10.50am-12.30pm- Exploring two different types of informal dynamic assessment tasks

12.30-1.10pm- Lunch

1.10-2.30pm- Exploring 10 core Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts

2.30-2.50pm- Afternoon Tea

2.50-3.45pm- A Core Social Thinking Treatment Framework: Social Behavior Mapping and Me Maps

3.45-4.00pm- Conference Closing

4.15-4.30pm- Book Signing