Michelle Garcia Winner, MS, CCC-SLP, and a Congressional-award-winning speech-language pathologist, specializes in treating students who are experiencing social and communication challenges. The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research supporting her Social Thinking approach for high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Her methods have assisted students with other diagnoses, such as ADHD, as well as those with no diagnosis. Garcia Winner runs a clinic in San Jose, California, she has authored numerous books and she speaks internationally on Social Thinking. She serves on the panel of professional advisers of the Autism Society of America. Her goal is to help educators and parents appreciate how crucial developing Social Thinking and related social skills are to a student’s success and growth throughout life.
Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, is part of the clinical faculty at San Jose State University as well as a senior therapist at Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Center. She published an article on the effectiveness of teaching Social Thinking vocabulary to children with high-functioning autism in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Crooke is the co-author of two books related to Social Thinking. She has served as a school speech-language pathologist for over 14 years.