Social Thinking is a treatment framework and curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner that targets how to enhance and improve social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic label (often there isn’t a diagnosis).
I am using these methods to build social thinking and related social skills. Social Thinking concepts and strategies are designed for people with social learning challenges. The teachings of Social Thinking also are widely used to help me figure out how to teach about information that we traditionally have never taught before. Given the explicit nature of these social emotional teachings, they are also being used with all my students to encourage improved social problem solving.
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Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum that is a fun and motivating way to teach students with social and communication difficulties. The three-part cognitive behavioral curriculum helps students develop further awareness of their own thinking and social behaviors and learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation across a range of behaviors. (Ages 8-13)
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Social Thinking and Me is a powerhouse of social knowledge to help children in upper elementary and middle school transition into the more socially-complex and socially-demanding older grades and become stronger social problem solvers. Whether it is thinking about hidden rules and expected behavior, developing a deeper understanding of your emotions and how you influence the emotions of others, or comparing the size of your reaction to the size of the problem, this two-book set breaks larger and more complicated social concepts down into smaller chunks to make it easier for adults to teach and kids to learn. It gives teachers, students and parents a common language to easily discuss social strengths and weaknesses. This curriculum introduces and teaches Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts. (Ages 9-13)
Thinking about You Thinking About Me is where to start to learn more about social interaction and social awareness. Understanding the perspectives of others is key to all interpersonal relationships. This is for students who struggle with social and communication challenges and have difficulties understanding that other people have perspectives that are different from their own.
This book provides specific lessons, and how to apply them in different settings, are explored. The Four Steps of Communication creates a framework for understanding the complexities of social thinking and for enhancing perspective-taking in students. Social Behavior Mapping and IEPs are examined. How to focus concepts for ages and skill levels are presented through practical handouts, activities and lesson ideas. (Ages 4-Adult)
You are a Social Detective: We are good Social Detectives when we use our eyes, ears, and brains to figure out what others are planning to do next or are presently doing and what they mean by their words and actions. This entertaining comic book offers different ways that can be reviewed repeatedly with students to teach them how to develop their own social detective skills.
Throughout the book, keywords are highlighted in bold. These keywords represent the Social Thinking vocabulary, concepts that can be used in just about every environment, by everyone in the process of discovering social thinking. The words are also fully defined for easy reference in the back of the book. Kids can read this themselves but it is best when adults read it with them, so that adults learn the social thinking vocabulary with the kids and then work to help the kids explore these concepts in their daily lives when the book is closed. This book is also the first book to read with students prior to introducing the Superflex lessons, as it teaches the core Social Thinking Vocabulary. (Ages 4-13)
The Zones of Regulation: The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum is geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different color. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.
The curriculum’s learning activities are presented in 18 lessons. To reinforce the concepts being taught, each lesson includes probing questions to discuss and instructions for one or more learning activities. Many lessons offer extension activities and ways to adapt the activity for individual student needs. (Ages 8-Adult) Thinksheets for Teaching Social Thinking and Related Skills: A Worksheets Book! Thinksheets encourages students with social–emotional learning challenges to process more deeply what social thinking means to them. The curriculum works best for students mid elementary through high school. The Thinksheets are coded to suggest which ones are better for different aged students.
The Thinksheets serve as mini-lesson plans to introduce Social Thinking concepts. Educators can then take these concepts and adapt them through different activities they develop. Teachers, therapists, parents, and other caregivers can also copy and send the material to other stakeholders in the individual’s life to reinforce the concepts the student is learning, making Thinksheets a valuable supplement to Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME! (Ages 8-Adult)