JOIN US: Woodlin Elementary Media Center March 11th, 2015 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 Want to help your child handle new or challenging social situations — entering a new class, making friends with a new group of kids, joining a new team? Most of us were never actively taught how to do it; we learned to pick up on social cues (hit or miss) through our daily interactions with family and friends.

Developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, Social Thinking® focuses on teaching children to “think socially” vs. learning social skills. Social thinking occurs 24/7 in the lives of children. In elementary school, learning to be a part of the group teaches children to think about others, take perspective and to read the thoughts and emotions of their peers. These skills are also crucial for self-advocacy and, in later life, contribute to success in the workplace and community.

At this PTA-sponsored event, Susan M. Abrams, M.A. CCC-SLP, will introduce attendees to the social thinking vocabulary and provide practical suggestions for how to incorporate it into everyday life. Creative suggestions and resources will be shared. Bring your concerns and leave with tools and insights for creating a plan to facilitate social learning at home. REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED but not mandatory: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45aca728aa8-social or call Rose Eiland Smith 240-424-0352.

BONUS: Copies of the presentation from the Feb. 12 MCPS Parent Academy Workshop, “Screen Issues: Taming the Electronic Monsters in Your Home” will be distributed at the workshop.