7 unique conference days over 2 weeks! Explore over 25 Social Thinking concepts for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning and perspective taking. Watch video footage of individuals progressing socially over 10-15 years to inform treatment plans and predict treatment outcomes. Space is limited. Register Today!
The perfect visual tools to guide students in using their superflexible social thinking and learning the concepts and strategies taught in our Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum
Social Thinking emerged from Michelle’s desire to help her high school students and their teachers/parents develop a deeper understanding of what it means to learn to use “social skills” by studying the social learning processes.
3 Simple Ideas for using Superflex Superdecks & Thinkable/Unthinkable Double Decks
Are designed for professionals and parents alike -- for anyone working with students and adults who are experiencing social and communication problems (high-functioning autism, Asperger's, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorders... or no diagnosis).
Our mission is to provide practical frameworks, strategies and products to teach social problem solving, social emotional interpretation and social skills across schools, homes, communities and workplaces across the lifespan and around the globe.see more
We are considered a “differentiated instruction” as our concepts and strategies are designed for use with persons who have solid learning and language skills (students who benefit the most from our work have at least a verbal IQ of 70). We teach through language about the complexities of the social learning process.see more
Schools and Social Thinking
General education and special educational professionals, along with parents and administrators have been embracing Social Thinking as it provides practical concepts and strategies to encourage all students to continue to develop improved social skills and strategies for self-regulation. This type of teaching provides interventions...see more
Moving Beyond Teaching Social Skills
Historically, people from many different professions and non-professionals alike have taught social skills by identifying with students specific social behaviors, such as “greeting another person” or “initiating a topic in a conversation” and then teaching the students through the memorization and practice to improve upon...see more
The Social Thinking Connection
Social Thinking is a paradigm shift in the way we teach individuals about social functioning, social learning, and social skills. We start at the level of thinking, about self and others, rather than focusing treatment on behavior change. We look deeper at an individual’s challenges, rather than treat based on a diagnostic label...see more
Social Thinking & the Transition to Adulthood
Social Thinking was first created by Michelle Garcia Winner to help high school students learn about the complexities of the social mind and how these relate to our social skills, social academic tasks and personal problem solving. The years passed quickly and soon Michelle was helping many of her students transition to adulthood.see more
The social mind interprets information and often makes assumptions. When it comes to teaching social information to people with solid to strong language and academic learning skills, our assumptions may lead us astray. When teaching Social Thinking well, the first thing we have to do is be aware of and negate some of our many assumptions.see more
Sharing Our Intellectual Property
Social Thinking’s concepts and strategies are to be shared and actively used by people in public education as well as in private schools, clinics, camps, work settings and homes. Some of our concepts are trademarked and some are copyrighted; we want you to be able to use them without having the right to appear to “own” them...see more
I'm Doing Social Thinking - But Where is the Evidence?
In this article we walk you through how to make connections between research-based theory to Social Thinking's treatment frameworks to our related strategies and activities.see more
Free Resources & Articles
We take pride in the many free resources & articles we have written and continue to share with our community free of charge. We are committed to providing newly updated free information through our website!browse now
Research on Comics & Superheroes for ASD
The latest volume of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders recently published two studies related to using visual supports (comics and superheroes) for teaching social skills as well as deeper social thinking abilities. Both studies add to the pool of studies supporting the underlying evidence base and structure of the Social Thinking methodology.see more
Getting Started with Social Thinking
"Where do I start with Social Thinking?” It’s a frequent question we hear from people wanting to learn more about our teaching philosophy and our materials. The following Q&A addresses some of the common questions we receive about various age groups.see more
Social Thinking Core Titles
Social Thinking has created core books that guide teaching Social Thinking concepts to students/clients of all ages. These books are written specifically for our community of parents, professionals and other stakeholders in our children, students' or clients' lives.see more
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Organizations, people and strategies that inspire us and are making a difference in our community.see more
Three Simple Ideas for using Superflex Superdecks and Thinkable/Unthinkable Double Decks.see more
10 Key Points for Teens & Adults
Almost all people need social validation, which means they need others to recognize and acknowledge their existence. Because it impacts how we think and feel not only about ourselves, but the community where we want to be included.see more
Articles & Distributors
There is no better indicator of the relevance of Social Thinking than its embrace in countries around the world.see more
Here at Social Thinking we are dedicated to providing practical strategies to expand the social learning process. Thank you for joining our community and making a difference.