Adults and Social Thinking

Michelle and her colleagues have been using these same core social thinking techniques reviewed above with adults for over a decade and she and Pam Crooke have developed an expertise in the transition to adulthood. You can browse recent books related to this topic here.

Therapists trained at Michelle’s clinic work with adults of all ages, not only those entering college and the workforce, but also those with university degrees who need help relating to others more effectively in classes, at work, at home, and in the community. (In fact, social thinking can be applied more broadly to help all employees and employers understand the social dynamics of the workday, specifically in meetings.)

While the same core social thinking principals used with children can be applied to adults, social thinking is addressed at a more sophisticated level with adults. Adult clients strive to read others’ intentions at very high levels, recognizing that others constantly try to read their intentions as well while exploring the subtle ways in which we code our intentions and related emotions.

Based on clinical experiences, the adult client usually proves to be far more internally motivated to explore the social mind through discussion and observation, since adults are better at “owning” their need to work on these issues – they do not usually initially come to sessions because they were sent by a spouse or parent. Thus, progress with the adult learner, while still slow, can be more efficient and more successful.

Michelle’s team continues to develop and explore new ideas for teaching social thinking and related social skills to adults, to help them understand the highly complex social dynamic that most people were supposed to learn as effortlessly as learning to walk.

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