Schools - February 3, 2010

Program: social thinking, academic success

Is the ability to relate well with others a key to academic success? A panel discussion with three local experts tackles the topic of social thinking and its relation to academic achievement from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park. Admission is free.

The panelists are: Michelle Garcia Winner, a speech language pathologist and founder of; Dr. John Brentar, Ph.D., the former director of the Children's Health Council and current director of Morrissey/Compton Educational Center; and Karen Grites, the educational services director at Children's Health Council and a former special education teacher.

Social thinking is a critical skill for effectively participating in class activities and group discussions, reading comprehension, written expression, fitting in and thriving without anxiety, according to Catherine Jaeger of AIM4MP.

AIM4MP, an advocacy and support group for Menlo Park parents, is co-sponsoring the event with the Oak Knoll PTO. It's part of the school's week-long Accepting Our Differences campaign.

The discussion will be held in Oak Knoll's multipurpose room, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane. To attend, please RSVP to


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