ABOUT

Growing Social provides highly specialized, unique therapeutic services to those with social learning differences (including Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, and those without a formal diagnosis but who struggle in the social world), in a supportive and intimate environment. Stephanie Madrigal and Amy Miller are both Speech and Language therapists and social cognitive specialists, trained intensively by Michelle Garcia Winner (founder of “Social Thinking”).

By blending “Social Thinking” and other dynamic therapies, we focus on challenges specific to those with social learning differences including: perspective taking, problem solving, initiation, anxi-ety, emotional regulation and executive functioning/organization. Students are carefully matched in groups of no more than four, with small group and individual options available.

Many camp sessions take place on a small farm, creating plenty of opportunities for hands-on group activities and learning related to farm animals, growing food and cooking. Services for teens and young adults include creating and supporting community internship/work experiences, and develop- ing independent living skills.

AMY MILLER

Amy Miller is a Speech and Language Pathologist specializing in working with students with social learn- ing challenges, who also has a love of organic farming. She worked for many years as a clinician for Michelle Winner’s Center for Social Thinking, and then as Clinic Director for the nonprofit Teach Social. She currently serves on the board of directors for Teach SOCIAL Silicon Valley.

To deepen her knowledge of organic farming and gardening, Amy recently completed the UCSC Agroecology apprenticeship through the university’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

STEPHANIE MADRIGAL

Stephanie Madrigal is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in working with students with social learning challenges. She worked alongside Michelle Winner of Social Thinking in San Jose for 13 years, created the internationally recognized children’s learning concept “Superflex,” taught students age K-adult, and has trained teachers, parents and professionals across the country and beyond.

Stephanie is praised for her creative, engaging lessons, dynamic training style for teachers and profes- sionals, and deep knowledge of Social Thinking and related concepts. She is excited for the opportuni- ty to apply her skill set in the unique Growing Social setting.

TESTIMONIALS

I’ve worked closely with Amy Miller and Stephanie Madrigal for almost two decades.  Using their farm as a backdrop for teaching the growth of social emotional learning, both Amy and Stephanie bring a wealth of knowledge, creativity and ability to individualize treatment based on the needs of the student in all they do. They are genuine in their approach and passion for helping every person grow socially.

I continue to enjoy learning from and with them.

- Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder of Social Thinking®

Through social groups and therapies and books, my son was fluent in the vocabulary of social awareness but he did not put that learning to use in his daily life. Using the concepts of social thinking while tending to farm animals, harvesting vegetables, cooking and eating foods he would never try at home and working on shared projects helped him connect the dots between what he knows and how (and why) to use it. Stephanie’s and Amy’s high expectations and their ability to find solutions that really work for each individual client have had a dramatic and lasting impact on my son. We couldn’t speak more highly of Growing Social. 
- Parent

Growing Social made a profound difference in my son’s life. Stephanie created a safe environment where he and his group members could practice their social skills as well as talk about the challenges they face. Through the support he received he was able to integrate into his classes and also maintain friendships outside of school. I also found a community with the other mom’s. Our boys spent five years together in Growing Social but the moms continue to meet every three weeks on our own. It’s so nice to have people who understand what it’s like to have family members on the spectrum. 
- Parent