Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC is a speech language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social cognitive challenges, which includes diagnoses such as ASD, Asperger syndrome, ADHD/ADD, Twice exceptional and Non-verbal learning disorder, to name a few. 

Michelle has a private practice in San Jose, California where she works with clients, consults with families and schools and she travels internationally giving workshops as well as being invited to train psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and state policy makers.

She presents many different all day workshops and helps to develop programs for schools and classrooms. Michelle is the founder of Social Thinking® and the related treatment strategies. She has written or co-authored numerous books which are published through Think Social Publishing, inc.

Michelle’s goal is to help educators, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors and parents appreciate how social thinking and related social skills are an integral part of students’ academic, vocational and community success. She was honored with a “Congressional Special Recognition Award” in 2008.  Michelle believes we can all do far more to understand the social learning process and how we can teach more of these concepts to all students.

Michelle will present in Symposium 4 on Day 1 and in the Day 2 Plenary session.

Plenary, Thursday, September 10, 10am-10.30am.  

Social Thinking and Research: Treatment professionals are being asked to develop treatment practices based on the research. In reality, we have very few clinical studies that address the myriad of treatment needs our clients face on a daily basis. In this session we will describe how Social Thinking addresses this challenge by taking the best evidence available, knowledge from clinicians with extensive treatment experience and incorporating family-client values to develop treatment frameworks that guide intervention practices. One specific treatment framework example, the Cascade of Social Thinking will be explored along how it relates to the data offered through related research. Access handouts for this presentation here.

Symposium 4, Wednesday, September 9, 11.30am-12.30pm. 

Social thinking strategies to manage social issues in daily life: Students with solid to strong language and academic learning abilities are expected to learn more sophisticated social skills. Social Thinking provides philosophy and a variety of strategies, based on the evidence, to foster our student's social problem solving to help them adapt their social skills in the moment of social interaction. Through strategies to promote socially based executive functioning, Theory of Mind and Central Coherence students are also learning concepts which will carry over into socially based academic curriculum lessons such as reading comprehension of literature and written expression. Today's keynote will provide a brief introduction to core Social Thinking concepts that can be taught across different age groups. Access handouts for this presentation here.

Also presenting in this Symposium:
Dr Illiana Magiati
Prof Tony Attwood