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The 37th Annual University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Conference is specifically designed to educate professionals about targeted interventions in autism including executive function, emotional regulation and social skills that improve quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their caregivers.



Michelle Gracia Winner

CEO and President of Think Social Publishing, as well as Speaker, Author and Clinician

“Exploring a Few Social Thinking Strategies for Teens and Adults (14-80 years old)”

Teens and individuals living as adults, who have solid to strong language and academic learning skills, experience increasing demands on their critical thinking and reasoning skills. Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinkingâ has always specialized in working with older students and adults for most of her 30+ year career. In this keynote, she will explore how to help individuals who have solid social self-awareness and subtle but significant social learning challenges develop a deeper sense of relationship development. Social Thinking’s Treatment framework, The Four Steps of Communication will be used as the backdrop for deconstructing the social communication experience to help individuals learn new social competencies.


Pamela Crooke

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Chief Strategy Officer/ Director of Research, Speech and Language Pathologist

“Hi, Hello, Good Morning – now Shoo! Why Targeting Social Skills Isn’t Always Enough.”

More and more social skills programs are emerging in schools and clinics around the globe. But what does it really mean to teach individuals about social? Should we teach social “concepts” or should we tackle social “skills?” Finding the right fit for the type of social learner means understanding both strengths and struggles of each individual, as well as a clear understanding that one size does not fit all. The Social Thinking methodology combines both concept and skill-based teaching alongside client/family input to focus on making the abstract social world more concrete. This short keynote will touch on practical strategies, using Social Thinking vocabulary, for school age students (kinder-6th grade) that focus on both social thinking and social skills.


Susan White

Director Psychosocial Interventions Laboratory and the Child Assessment Clinic, Co-Director of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Assistant Director of VT’s Child Study Center.

Understanding and Treating Anxiety in ASD

Dr. White has developed and evaluated novel measures and treatment programs, conducted randomized controlled trials to evaluate feasibility and efficacy of novel intervention approaches, and led multiple projects at the intersection of psychology, computer science, and education to multimodally assess (e.g., behavioral coding, eye-tracking) and treat (e.g., group-based psychosocial, neurofeedback, real-time training) core and co-occurring mental health problems in ASD. Dr. White also maintains a private practice, primarily treating adolescents with ASD.

Thursday & Friday, October 12 and 13, 2017
9:00am – 4:15pm both days (check-in 8:00am)

William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Continuing Education Credits:

1.0 CEU; 10.0 Contact Hours; 10.0 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists; 10.0 NBCC Contact Hours
(Greensboro AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, (Provider #5470). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Greensboro AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.)
NCBPTE: 10.0 Contact Hours
(Greensboro AHEC, as part of the NC AHEC system is a NCBPTE approved provider of continuing competence for activities directly related to physical therapy.)

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