Past Speakers at Autism Awareness Centre Conferences

Want to know more about the speakers in Autism Awareness Centre's conferences, trainings or events? Scroll down for a list of bios on past or upcoming speakers, including links to books that they have authored for purchase at our store. Not finding who you are looking for? Feel free to contact us and we will see if we can help!

Conference speaker Barbara Sher

Sher, Barbara

Barbara Sher MA, OTR, a mother, grandmother, pediatric occupational therapist and workshop leader. Barbara is the author of nine books and one CD/tape on activities for children. Her books have been translated into 8 languages so far (Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Estonian, Arabic, Russian and Swedish) She gives workshops on the Power of Play and on making learning toys out…

Read More

Sonders, Susan Aud

Susan Aud Sonders, M.ED has over twenty years of experience teaching children with autism. She has created and refined techniques that develop crucial communication skills, and has presented numerous seminars detailing the methodology of her Giggle Time program. Giggle Time is a step-by step program for parents, teachers and other professionals to help develop the non-verbal, verbal and social reciprocity skills…

Read More

Sutton, Shirley

Shirley Sutton is an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years experience working with children with special needs, from infants through teens and adults with significant disabilities. Her specialty training areas include sensory integration, autism and other developmental disorders. She co-authored the book “Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration – Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism and other Pervasive Disorders” (now in…

Read More
Conference speaker Anna Vagin

Vagin, Anna

Anna Vagin, PhD, is a licensed speech/language pathologist with over 30 years experience. In her private practice in Marin County, California, she provides individual sessions and social learning groups to children and their families. Her particular interest is using media to support social thinking in students with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ADD, and Anxiety Disorder. She provides consultation…

Read More
Conference speaker Peter Vermeulen

Vermeulen, Peter

Peter Vermeulen, MSc and PhD in Psychology and Educational Sciences, has worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years. He is a Senior lecturer at Autisme Centraal, a training and education centre for autism spectrum disorders. Peter is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer and he presents all over Europe and beyond. Peter has written more than…

Read More
Conference speaker Michelle Garcia

Winner, Michelle Garcia

Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in the treatment of students with social cognitive deficits at the Social Thinking Center, her clinic in San Jose, California. It was her interest in autism while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1979 that became the catalyst for becoming an SLP. She coined the term “Social…

Read More

Yack, Ellen

Ellen Yack has practiced as an occupational therapist since 1979 and has a Masters Degree in Education. She currently is the Director of Ellen Yack and Associates Paediatric Therapy Services, a private agency providing occupational therapy and speech and language services to children, adolescents and their families in Toronto and surrounding areas. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorders,…

Read More