2017-2018 Speaking Engagements

Want to know where Chris will be speaking this year?  Here is a list of professional developments and conferences Chris will be a part of this coming school year!!

August 24 - ACES. Hamden, CT

August 29th - Stratford, CT (School Psychologists and Social Workers)

November 8-10 - Louisiana School Psychology State Conference http://lspaonline.org/event-2523084

Janurary 12-14, 2018 - CARD State Conference, FL http://card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu/CARDconference/index.html

March 9-7, 2018 - Seattle, WA https://rehabseminars.org/seattle-conference/

Seattle PDF

April 26-29, 2018 Atlanta, GA. American Counseling Association National Conference 

Thank you CT and beyond

I wanted to take a second to say thank you for all of you who attended our first annual Summer Social Institute with my good friend Laura Nadine.  I was a humbled to see so many friends and clients and professionals in the field come out and hear what we had to say. So thank you for making this first conference endeavor a success. We hope this will be an annual event so stay tuned and please send us in your thoughts on if we should continue this type of event!  

2017 Summer Social Institute

2017 Summer Social Institute

This first annual Summer Social Institute will bring together parents and professionals to explore the complexities of social through the lifespan. Participants will hear the story of a successful woman with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and be walked through her journey to finding tools and strategies to help her navigate the social world. During the second part of the morning, Chris and Laura will explore both research based and clinically sound (and practical) interventions to support social and executive function learning at home, at school and within the counseling setting. This summer social institute is not to be missed as it will blend real life stories with clinical methodologies to better support the social learners in their life today. REGISTRATION INFORMTAION IS POSTEDwww.sociallearningcenter.org

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SLC to Publish with Routledge

After months of working with his editor, Chris was offered a contract today, December 13th to publish his first book with Routledge Publishing Co. This book is tentatively entitled: Effective Therapeutic Practice for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Strengths-Based Approach for Counselors.

Learning more about the publishing company Chris will be working with at: https://www.routledge.com/

SLC You Tube News

We are proud to announce our new SLC You Tube News Channel. This was started as a summer project for one of our social cognitive groups and we as an office will be working to continue their hard work.  Thanks to Ashley, Jason and Brendan for all their hard work.  We hope you enjoy our channel and please feel free to share it with others!  



New Haven Open Autism Awareness Day Event

The WTA will be making a stop in New Haven, CT later in August.  The SLC has been invited by our friends at the ASD Fitness Center to join in the festivities on Aug 24th.  Please come down to Yale University to see some amazing tennis, support Autism awareness here in CT and learn more about our programs at the SLC.  Erica and Chris will both be down at the event so please stop by and say hello!!! 

WTA Autism Awareness Day

Summer at the SLC

Hi Everyone, 

By now we are hoping everyone has seen that our summer registration has been posted on this website.  We are very excited about all the programs we will be offering this summer!! Hurry up and register for the ones you think would be most interested in!!  Click here to see the list of our summer programs!

This week we have also received big news that the SLC will be back on the national stage in June/July. Chris has been invited to keynote a full day talk in Tampa, FL on June 22 and speak at the 2016 ASA National Conference in New Orleans in July!!  More news will come on both of these events!!!  

Please remember to follow on Facebook and Twitter for more news and articles coming out of the SLC!!

Enjoy your week,


the SLC Staff

SLC to author another publication

We are very excited to announce that in early April, Chris will be signing a contract with Routledge Publishing.  He will be working with this publishing company to put out a book for those in the mental health field and working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  The date for publication has not been released but we will keep everyone posted on his progress!!  To see more of the books published by Routledge please visit their website at https://www.routledge.com/mentalhealth

Publications from the SLC

Interested in reading some of the articles published by the SLC?  Please click on the links below:

  • Chris and the SLC were mentioned in the latest issue of Counseling Today.  Read the article here.

  • Read Chris' December 2013 article in Counseling Today here

  • Read all of Chris' articles for Special-Ism by clicking here

  • “Defining a Hybrid of Social Interventions for Students with Strong Intelligence and Language Skills” by Michelle Garcia Winner and Chris Abildgaard was published in Autism/Asperger Digest Magazine (Sept/Oct 2010). Article

  • Chris’ review of the Zones of Regulation by Leah Kuypers(2011), a curriculum addressing emotional and behavioral regulation, was included on the cover of the published manuscript.

  • Chris’ review of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Clinical Perspective by J. Palombo 2006, W. W. Norton was featured in the March/April 2010 issue of the Communique, The Newspaper of the National Association of School Psychologists.