Financial Disclosure about Our Products and Speakers
In 1998, Michelle began speaking to the public regarding her thoughts related to Social Thinking. Back then the concepts were just emerging and she was presenting only on the ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition. From the beginning, many of the audience members requested she write a book that contained the concepts reviewed in the conference. Michelle, impulsive as she is, decided she could do this and Social Thinking Publishing was born.
With the publication of our first book and as Michelle’s workshop audiences grew, so did the request for more published products; 14 years later we now have numerous user-friendly books we create and publish and we also carry a number of other authors’ books that we want to share with the public. We continue to have frequent requests for us to publish more products, so many requests that we cannot keep up!
As we present conferences many audience members ask us specific questions about the materials we have developed and how they weave into the materials being discussed at the workshop.
We also employ or contract specific professionals to share Social Thinking’s message with the public. These select professionals continue to develop further treatment ideas based on the research, knowledge of Social Thinking and their own clinical experience in their clinical practice. These same speakers are also assisting in product development for Social Thinking as our work is very much about developing and sharing strategies which can be immediately applied by other professionals who are learning to create treatments which incorporate Social Thinking methodologies.
The professionals who work on our staff are: Michelle Garcia Winner, Pamela Crooke and Stephanie Madrigal; they are all SLP’s with their clinical competency certificates.
We also contract with the following professionals to speak for us as part of the Social Thinking Training and Speaker’s Collaborative:
Nancy Tarshis, Kari Palmer, Ryan Hendrix, Debbie Meringolo, Gretchen Schmidt-Mertes, Cathy Decker, Renee Attaway and Nancy Clements.
Our practical, functional approach is where we run into a dilemma.
As we share our treatment ideas during conference sessions, it makes the most sense to simply say where strategies can be found (either for free on our website and/or in our marketed materials). The majority of you will be happy with that approach, but some of you won’t. This is where we walk a fine line, as some people do not want us to discuss materials we have developed. We can understand this, but we also understand many people have come to the workshops in order to not only learn about the information but to figure out how to put products to use in their clinical or home setting. For example, when we speak about our Friendship Pyramid, people then want to know where they can learn about that strategy in our written material.
We know it’s impossible to please everyone but we also want you to know that we are aware of this and always try to minimize the feeling of a sales pitch because it’s never meant to be one. On the flip side, we also try to tell the public where they can get the multitude of free articles and blogs we have on our website. We try to always remind workshop attendees that they can learn a lot about Social Thinking by simply reading the materials on our website.
We are disclosing the financial tie we have to most of our speakers and many of the products that we sell.
Please know that much of the core information and newest thinking about Social Thinking can be found for free on our website, www.socialthinking.com; in the form of articles and blogs. Please look under the tab, “What is Social Thinking?” We make great effort to provide the public with free materials, our website is loaded with downloaded content and we share this information with the audience during our conferences.