The Founder of Social Thinking Describes the Concept of "Social Thinking"
Our ability to do social thinking hugely affects our lives – it determines our relationships, our academic test scores, even the success of our careers. It isn’t a skill that is “taught”; it slowly develops in the brain like language. That is, until we created a methodology to teach others how to improve their social thinking – creating a positive ripple effect across families and lives.
Sing your Unthinkables to rest with these 13 catchy songs that remind and motivate kids to use their Superflex strategies and show off their Hero Inside.
Social Thinking at the Sundance Film Festival
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind, wrote a book about his son Owen’s life that inspired a documentary. Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking, had no idea that her sessions with Owen would become footage in the documentary of his coming of age.
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Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into digestible, concrete ideas. Discover strategies that encourage nuanced perspective taking while attending to the individual's mental health. Learn how to effectively use some of our key teaching materials such as the Superflex Curriculum to boost social awareness, social learning, and self-regulation and transform “Me” thinkers into “We” thinkers!
Michelle Garcia Winner and the Expected Ways for Managing Boredom
We all get bored, and it’s expected that students will be bored at times in class. But the difference between the teacher giving a student a smile and detention is based on how that student manages his or her boredom. Teach your students to use these “expected” behaviors when bored for less distraction and better learning by all!
Apply to Speak
Apply to speak at the 9th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference! The conference is a time for practitioners of Social Thinking from around the world to come together, share ideas, network, and expand their Social Thinking toolbox. Apply to speak until February 8, 2016.
Now Accepting Applications for Clinical Training
Our Clinical Training Program is in high demand and there are a limited number of available spaces! The intensive three-day training lets you observe an assessment and a variety of Social Thinking treatment sessions and discuss treatment for the different levels of the social mind. Get the inside scoop on Social Thinking's newest, and yet to be published, concepts and strategies directly from the thought leaders developing them.
Our Research Published in JSLHR
Check out our latest research published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR): Practice-Based Research - Another Pathway for Closing the Research-Practice Gap. This paper shows the connection between practical strategies within the Social Thinking methodology and evidence-based theoretical concepts.
Our Most Important Strategy
The most fundamental strategy that we teach at Social Thinking is Thinking with Your Eyes. Many with social learning challenges don’t innately understand that people’s thoughts often revolve around where they are looking…which is the first step to perspective taking. In this heartwarming story, see how Michelle Garcia Winner teaches this abstract idea through concrete activities.
You are a Social Detective!
Turn kids into Social Detectives who use their “social tool-box” to figure out why certain behaviors are “expected” or “un-expected” throughout the school day. Then follow clues to figure out the thoughts, feelings, and plans of others!
Anxiety and Social Competencies
Social anxiety is a setback to social learning and growth. It can drive us into the Spiral of Social Failure where we “prove” to ourselves that we “can’t do it” - causing more anxiety. But the good news is the brain can be trained out of it! Learn to conquer anxiety with the Spiral of Social Success.
Adults and Being Social
The key to connecting with people – be it a friend, a date, or a coworker – is how you make them feel. People likely won’t show interest in the information you share if you don’t show interest in them! We translate the social world to help adults succeed in friendships, careers, marriages, etc.
Socially Curious and Curiously Social
The social guidebook that tackles everything teens and young adults need to know to navigate the social world, including: dating, texting, lies, every day relationships, and more.
Adults Directing Their Treatment
Usually parents guide their children’s social treatment across the team, but as children grow into adults - the client is expected to take the lead in their own social learning. This often proves difficult for folks and the effectiveness of treatment can plummet. Use these tools to build goals for yourself and become the director of your treatment team.
Social Thinking at Work
Many people have great social intentions (ex. to be kind and relate to others) but their actions seem to be misunderstood. Why? Because good intentions aren’t good enough. Discover strategies to help improve your social thinking at work so that people can see the “you” you intend to be.
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