The Social Mind Pty Ltd is proud to be Australia’s only licensed reseller of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® resources and training programs, and regularly supply our resources to counties in the region. The business was founded in 2010 as Social Inclusion Australia, same owners just a new name. The business is owned and operated by Peter & Nicole.
Peter is a therapist and educator and has trained in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Clinic in San Jose California. He has a wealth of experience using Social Thinking® resources across the whole range of social learning difficulties, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. Peter regularly travels to the USA to study and remain current in the latest thinking about Social Thinking®. Peter is always happy to answer your questions about our products and you can contact him here or by phoning (02) 5105 52 62 (if phoning from Australia) or +61 2 5105 5262 (if phoning from outside Australia).
Peter was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2008 to study innovative ways to support those with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and spent three months visiting programs across the USA and UK. During this trip Peter studied in Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic, attended as many of Michelle’s workshops as he could, and visited numerous programs and practitioners across the USA and UK who use Social Thinking® and other innovative approaches to teaching “social” across the lifespan.
Following this study tour, Peter invited Michelle Garcia Winner to visit Australia. Peter & his partner Nicole, personally funded five workshops across Australia in 2010. How hard can it be? Well it was hard, but that was the start. There were books left over following Michelle’s first tour of Australia and Michelle asked Peter & Nicole if they could sell them. They set up a website, thought the name Social Thinking Australia® was catchy, and those books sat in their hall cupboard for years.
But you have to start somewhere when you believe in something. There have been many lessons along the way, many mistakes and some failures but Peter & Nicole have never given up. The business Peter & Nicole set up in 2010 to host those first workshops, Social Inclusion Australia, is now a company, The Social Mind Pty Ltd. The business moved out of the hall cupboard years ago and now imports stock from the USA every few weeks to keep up with the demand.
Peter & Nicole also host overseas speakers in Australia every year. Their training workshops are run across Australia. Their aim is to make available in Australia, the same high quality training Peter had access to during his 2008 Churchill Fellowship to the USA & UK.
Nicole has been Peter’s business partner from the start. Nicole has an art history & curatorial background and apart from being a fine arts administrator, Nicole has managed projects ranging from large aid & development projects in third world countries to the events of a symphony orchestra. Nicole is member of the board of an arts organisation in Canberra and mentors women seeking similar leadership roles in organisations. In her spare time Nicole is an avid reader and dreams of walking the Comino de Santiago trail.
Peter & Nicole have three boys aged 8, 11 & 14, and a Beagle. The boys and the Beagle have all grown up with Social Thinking. The boys are big fans of Superflex and have submitted new ideas for “Thinkables” and “Unthinkables” to Michelle Garcia Winner in the hope that they will one day be published. Never a dull moment in our house!
Our business is based on some key beliefs and values that are important to us. Those beliefs and values have shaped who we are and inspire what we do.
We believe that kids and adults with social learning challenges can make a positive contribution to their communities and live fulfilling lives, and like all of us, they do better with support.
We believe that some kids and adults may have a “lagging skill set” when compared with their peers, and that teaching the skills they need to navigate their way through life, is a better approach to punishing them for not having those skills.
We believe that relationships provide the context for teaching and modelling social competencies. Progress can be slow and at times difficult, but it is important to hang in there, be authentic, see every “problem” as a teaching opportunity.
We believe it is important to get good training and support to keep moving forward. This is why the educational resources we sell and the speakers we bring to Australia, are those we consider to be some of the best available, so parents and professionals are well equipped and well supported in the important task of teaching our kids and our clients the skills they may lack.
Based on these values, Peter & Nicole have taken the business from its roots in their hall cupboard, to a business that aims to make a positive contribution to social development and to the lives of individuals.
We gratefully acknowledge the opportunity provided by the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Peter’s Churchill Fellowship was the inspiration for doing the work we currently do. Information about Churchill Fellowships can be found here and Peter is always happy to speak to anyone interested in applying for a Churchill Fellowship.
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If you are setting us up on your payment system as a vendor or resource provider, as many schools, Government Departments and business organisations have, our business name is The Social Mind Pty Ltd, our Australian Business Number (ABN) is 61 624 876 624, our postal address is above and if your system requires a street address you can contact us for that here. Our Bank Details are BSB 112 908 Account Number 441 333 732 Account Name The Social Mind Pty Ltd.
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