Award from the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Lectureship Award, 2019

Michelle Garcia Winner, a speech-language pathologist MA, CCC-SLP and the founder of the Social Thinking Methodology, was honored to receive the Lectureship Award from the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) at their Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. in September 2019. The SDBP Lectureship Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics.


At the meeting, Michelle presented a keynote address on the Social Thinking-Social Competency Model and breakout session on social anxiety management to an interdisciplinary audience of clinical psychologists and nurse practitioners in addition to the developmental and behavioral pediatricians. Michelle enjoyed teaching and sharing ideas with attendees. One pediatrician told her after the meeting, “This information is so important, it should be taught everywhere.”


SDBP advocates for an integrated approach to the biological, psychological, social, educational, and cultural influences on children, youth, and their families. As the leading voice for interprofessional developmental and behavioral pediatric care, the mission of SDBP is to improve the health and well-being of children and families by promoting high quality research, education, advocacy, and practice.

Additional Recognition & Awards


Ron Suskind Introduces Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, author and founder of Social Thinking®, specializing in the treatment of individuals with social learning challenges is honored by Ron Suskind at the John Pratt Memorial Lecture.

The John Pratt Memorial Lecture is dedicated to facilitating the impact of research on practice at the Ivy Street School in order to improve student outcomes.

Congressional Award

Congressional Recognition Award, 2008

Michelle Garcia Winner received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her groundbreaking work helping individuals who have autism spectrum disorders and related social thinking challenges.


Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey honored Michelle with the award, as the social thinking methods Michelle has developed are becoming the basis for curricula around the country.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Prentice School, 2012


Michelle Garcia Winner received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School on the 24th of February. Carol Clark, the administrative executive director of Prentice School, presented the award to Michelle at the Social Thinking conference hosted by the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA, for her innovative contributions to parents, professionals and individuals with social and communication challenges.


The Prentice School is an independent, nonprofit school for students who struggle with reading, writing, spelling, oral language, and math.

Award for Education



We are thrilled to announce that AASCEND (Autism, Asperger Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking and Development) has honored Michelle Garcia Winner for her steadfast work with the autism community and in education!


The mission of AASCEND is to build and sustain a community of support for adults on the autism spectrum, family and friends, and autism service professionals. We work together to create and implement innovative approaches in education, networking and development to address autism's core challenges.

Outstanding Achievement Award

California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CSHA), 2012


Outstanding Achievement Award to Dr. Pamela Crooke and Michelle Garcia Winner.


CSHA's mission is to foster excellence in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through education, advocacy and collaboration in partnership with the increasingly diverse population we serve.

Community Partner Award

Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB) Community Services, 2016


Michelle Garcia Winner was humbled to receive this award, here is MAB's statement about why she was chosen: "We honor you for your great courage and for the beautiful example you set for the others inspired to make a difference as you do."


MAB is the oldest social service agency in the country (established in 1903) providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Outstanding Clinical Service to Individuals with Autism

Tom Jenkins Award, 2005

Dr. Pamela Crooke received the Tom Jenkins Award for Outstanding Clinical Service to Individuals with Autism – October 2005.

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