Praise for Michelle Garcia Winner and Social Thinking:

“Love the terms Social Algebra, Social Curiosity, Superficial Social Test, Singular Imagination and Avoid the Blurt! [Michelle Garcia Winner’s books] offer the WHY, WHAT and HOW of Social Thinking.”  —Jan Petru, Speech Language Pathologist

“Michelle argues effectively for an important and more thoughtful alternative to more behaviorally-based social skill training approaches which are so limiting in honoring the complexity of individuals with ASD.”  —Barry Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP

“Michelle offers powerful strategies to professionals who are working to ensure that children become Social Thinkers, Effective Communicators, Self-directed learners and Information Processors.”  —Patricia Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP

Praise for Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care?

“Years of working with individuals who have difficulties in understanding the social world have provided Winner and Crooke with rich material to help decode the workplace in ways that are respectful, insightful and empowering. They have an uncanny ability to break down the complexities of the workplace and help us all better understand what we each need to do to make it a great place to be.… Social Thinking at Work is a must read for every new graduate entering the workplace, those arriving from other cultures and the many of us who find it a challenge to “get” the unwritten rules of social interaction in the workplace.”  —Deborah Pugh, Executive Director,  Autism Community Training

“In school, mastery of subject leads to positive results. In the work world, mastering only the content of a job without mastering social skills can lead to a dead end, a demotion or even a firing. Social Thinking at Work provides clear strategies along with plenty of examples for mastering those social skills. Winner and Crooke take complex social situations and distill them down to their essence. Often, the essence is something that is never even spoken. Years could be spent discerning social strategies that can be learned within a few hours from reading this book.” —A reader who has benefited from this book

Adult praise for You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids:

This new comic book, You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids, is a perfect introduction to the social thinking curriculum “Think Social”.  The combination of engaging illustrations and clear concepts set the stage for in depth work on the “expected” and the “unexpected” behavior and other social concepts that are so challenging for our young clients.  I especially appreciated the humorous approach to “School Smarts” and “Social Smarts”, which are so confusing yet real to our kids. As a psychologist, I have a new tool to introduce those vulnerable social challenges with young and inexperienced social perspective takers and their parents. The entertainment value increases the chance for viable follow-up at home. This is also a good prerequisite to the “Superflex” curriculum. Because this is a long book and the text sets the stage for discussion, therapists will likely need more than one session to cover the entire book.”  —Kacey Chandler, PhD, Autism Specialist and School Psychologist, Tucson, Arizona

Finally, a book that appeals to kids with ASD by using cartoons to convey the subtleties of “expected” and “unexpected” social behaviors. Even better is that there are enough examples to allow kids to grasp the core concepts of Social Thinking. As my teenage son Adam explains it, ‘The  best part about this book is finding out how to make other people happy.’” —Deborah Pugh, Autism Community Training, Vancouver, Canada

What students have to say about You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids:

It helped me on how to be a little smarter in front of people.”  —Victor, age 9

It taught me that when it is time to turn off the tv, I should say, ‘yes mom, yes dad.’”  —Michael, age 8

It taught me to do what is expected, not what is unexpected.”  —Connor, age 10