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Workshop Topic:  Getting Our Kids Organised: Strategies to Develop Executive Functioning Skills at School and at Home

Presenter:  Michelle Garcia Winner

Date:  Tuesday 26 February 2019

Location:  Wesley Theatre, 220 Pitt Street Sydney

Our Tip:  Helping kids get organised is a hot topic, developing Executive Functioning skills are essential for a child to get through school, fit into the family and eventually hold down a job.  When Michelle became available to present one more workshop in Australia before returning to the USA, we jumped at this workshop topic because we know a lot of people are interested in Executive Functioning. 

Added Bonus:  Because Michelle only speaks in Australia every other year, we are providing the cheapest ticket price we can so as many people as possible can take advantage, tickets are only $150 plus GST

If you attended the Zones of Regulation Workshop or the Dr Ross Greene Workshop, this workshop is the perfect extension. Even if you haven’t attended one of our workshops before, if you are working with someone who has organisational/executive functioning issues, this workshop is for you, and it’s a bargain price!  The best topic at the cheapest price!  Don’t miss out!  We expect this workshop to fill quickly.

Workshop Description

While this course was designed to support individuals with social learning challenges, the cutting-edge information provided is relevant for all populations—along with therapists and special educators, mainstream teachers and parents also love this workshop!

The majority of individuals with social learning challenges have difficulty developing the organizational skills needed to manage the increasingly complex expectations of life in upper primary, middle, and high school, and into their adult years. Our organizational abilities emerge from executive functioning skills that are expected to develop with minimal instruction. Not surprisingly, identifying motivation, knowing how to get started on a project, and managing time across a variety of homework assignments can feel overwhelming—even for the most intellectually sharp individuals. The impact of poor organizational skills is immense; it affects outcomes in school, at work, and at home. People with poor organizational skills and limited motivation are often referred to as lazy, but the truth is their behaviours are more likely the result of a neurologically based executive functioning weaknesses than a lack of desire to be competent in their work. Often, relatively little support is provided by parents and teachers to guide individuals to develop these critical skills—and even those who want to help are not sure where to begin.

In this course, we explore key executive functioning skills and practical strategies to help individuals track and tackle homework and other deadline-based responsibilities. Discover two types of organizational skills: static and dynamic. Dissect dynamic organizational skills into 10 steps that are critical to the completion of any homework assignment. Learn an educational strategy aligned with each step and receive an extensive take-home handout to support this teaching method.

This course has been enthusiastically received by parents, counselors, mainstream and special education teachers, administrators, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and others. As with most Social Thinking courses, hands-on activities help attendees relate their own experiences to the challenges discussed. We go beyond a general description of the issues, guiding attendees to actively explore key concepts and elucidating the pivotal role parents and professionals play in teaching these concepts.

*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

What You Will Learn

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify a strategy for helping individuals explore their own motivation when approaching complex tasks.
  2. List the three-part definition of executive functioning and describe its role in helping individuals develop an awareness of strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Describe the importance of time prediction and how analog clocks teach this concept differently than digital clocks.
  4. Define the difference between static and dynamic organisational skills.
  5. Describe how a Gantt chart is helpful in understanding multiple assignments across time.


You can purchase tickets by scrolling to the bottom of this pageIf you are having difficulty registering online give us a call, we are happy to help (02) 5105 5262.

  • Early Bird & Standard registration $150 plus GST ($165) – one low price professionals and parents.  Ticket sales close 10 February 2019.
  • Our Workshop Cancelation and Refund Policy can be found here.  In purchasing a ticket you are deemed to have accepted our Workshop Refund and Cancelation Policy.
  • All prices are in Australian Dollars and include GST when purchased in Australia.
  • Information about School Purchase Orders can be found here.
  • Workshop ticket sales end 10 February 2019.

Workshop Timetable

 8:00am – Registration opens

8:30am – Workshop Commences

10:15am – Morning Break (30 minutes)

10:45am – Workshop Continues

12:00 noon – Lunch (60 minutes)

1:00pm – Workshop Continues

2:15pm – Afternoon Break (30 minutes)

2:45pm – Workshop Continues

4:30pm – Workshop Concludes

The Presenter – Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner M.A, CCC-SLP, specialises in the treatment of individuals with social learning challenges and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®, a company dedicated to helping individuals from four through adulthood develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle coined the term “Social Thinking” in the mid-1990s and since that time has created numerous unique treatment frameworks and curricula that help educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally.

Michelle maintains a private practice, The Center for Social Thinking, in Santa Clara, California, where she works with clients who continue to teach and inspire her. She travels globally presenting courses on the Social Thinking Methodology, an evidence-based approach she created that she continues to evolve and expand on. Michelle helps to develop educational programs, consults with and trains families and schools, and is a guiding presence with a wide range of professionals, politicians, and businesses on the topic of social emotional competencies. She is a prolific writer and has written and/or co-authored more than 40 books and over 100 articles about the Social Thinking Methodology.

How is the training delivered?

The workshop will be delivered via a combination of lecture with accompanying handouts, review of clinical applications via video, and audience questions.

Who is the training suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for (but not limited to) health professionals, psychologists, therapists, counsellors, social workers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers, teacher aids, disability workers, policy makers and administrators, juvenile justice workers, child protection workers, mental health practitioners, youth workers, residential and respite care workers, chaplains, nurses, child behaviour specialists and of course parents and carers.

There are no prerequisites to attending this workshop. Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

Is the workshop catered?

To keep ticket prices as low as possible this workshop is NOT catered.  There are numerous food outlets and cafés within close proximity to the venue and time has been allocated for participants to go out for food and refreshments.  You are also welcome to bring your own lunch if you prefer.

What to Bring?

Water/water bottle, pen and notebook/device, lunch and snacks (you will also have time to buy lunch), don’t forget that water bottle.

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance?

At the conclusion of the workshop all participants will receive a certificate crediting you with 6 workshop/contact hours.  Please ensure you collect your certificate before departing the venue.

What is the workshop refund and cancelation policy?

Our Workshop Cancelation and Refund Policy can be found here.

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How do I get to the venue?

The workshop will be held in the Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street Sydney, in the Wesley Theatre.  Look for the Wesley Conference Centre sign, enter the building, the venue is down the stairs/escalator. The venue is a short walk from either St James station or Town Hall station.

“Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, only 20 minutes’ drive from Sydney Airport, Wesley Conference Centre is easily accessible by public transport. Public parking is available underneath the building and other public parking is close by.  Many 3, 4 and 5-star hotels just a minutes’ walk away. Pitt Street Mall shopping precinct is around the corner with lots of restaurants and cafes within walking distance”.



These are many accommodation options close to the venue to suit all price ranges.  If you are from out of town and looking for accommodation close to the venue, you should start searching accommodation around Town Hall and Pitt Street. Some suggestions are:

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Still have a question?

Peter is happy to answer your questions via email [email protected] or by phoning (02) 5105 5262.

If you are having difficulty registering online give us a call, we are happy to help.