Authors: Michelle Garcia Winner,Pamela Crooke, PhD
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This anime-illustrated detailed guidebook helps teens and young adults with social thinking as they sail the stormy seas of dating, texting, lies & everyday relationships. Parents, educators, & therapists will benefit from this guidebook as well and consider it a valuable resource to help young adults navigate social interactions.
New in the 2011 Edition
- New chapter: How does a social anxiety mess with a healthy head? Visual strategies and related explanation to help kids explore anxiety management after they have increased their social competencies. Easy to use but based on cognitive behavioral practice.
- Spirals of Social Success and Social Failures
- Updated chapter related to the Peer-a-mid of friendship - going from casual greeting to bonded and close friends
- Removed the wording describing diagnostic categories from front of the book to help teens access it without feeling they are being labeled.
Why this Book is a "Breakthrough"The anime-illustrated guidebook is written in the language of teens, as a “get real” discussion about what really goes on inside the minds of people when we share space together. Adults also use the book to use with students and to learn about and help discuss and unravel the social-emotional world of the students we're working with.
Many practical strategies help the reader figure out what impression they are making on others, how this affects their own emotions and what they could work on to make living in the increasingly complex social world more personally rewarding. Who doesn’t think they could improve in these skills and improve their casual to more complex relationships?
From discussing the “ins and outs” of what it means to be a “Social Thinker” and use related social skills, to figuring out texting, dating, the many different levels of friendship and the many and varied emotions we experience as we relate to others, the authors describe the real world of being with other people. This includes knowing how to sometimes just "fake it” better! The authors are not trying to get every reader to find a group to hang out with; instead, they are providing information to help each person find his or her place and be appreciated by others at whatever level he or she feels comfortable with.
Parents, teachers, counselors, other caregivers and even siblings may also find this book compelling, as it provides some “ah ha” moments that encourage a deeper discussion with these older kids about the social world. While we all work on improving our communication skills, few of us know how to talk about the social mind and how to cope in our very social world of the classroom, hanging out, holding a job, chatting on the Internet, texting and whatever the future holds.
What People are Saying
Barbara Smith - Occupational Therapist"Finally a concrete, easy-to-read, and fun guide has been written for students with Asperger's Syndrome, non-verbal learning disabilities, and other social learning issues that spells out the steps to social success: A Highly Recommended Book."
Janu Petru - SLP"Add another great teaching tool to the Social Thinking collection!... This book can serve as our scope and sequence for our high school class. Michelle and Pam’s new book, Socially Curious and Curiously Social, can seriously function as our class text. This is an easy, humorous, positive, teenager friendly, and promising read for our socially challenged students, their parents, and educators... Loved the terms: social algebra, uncomfortable or weird thoughts, social curiosity, flirting, maturity, group dynamics, superficial social test, singular imagination, and avoid the blurt... Once again, the examples and stories are genuine, offer the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of Social Thinking and help us all learn a little bit more about the world of `being social.’”
Shellie Bader - Coordinator, Speech & Language Program, Los Angeles Unified School District"I believe this book will be a valuable resource for high-functioning young people on the spectrum or with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is packed with practical strategies that are presented in a style that is easy to understand for our students and young adults who think in a concrete way."
ProfessionAdult/Individual, Behaviorist, Mental Health (counselor, social worker, psych), Occupational Therapist (and PT), Parent, Speech Language Pathologist, Teacher (Sp.Ed. and Gen.Ed.)
AgeMiddle School, High School, Transition to Adult, Adult
Diagnostic LabelAttention Issues (ADD/ADHD), Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language or Learning Disability, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Social Communication Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, No Diagnosis, Other
Social Thinking & Social SkillsCommon Core & State Standards, PBIS/RTI, Self Regulation, Social Responsibility & Executive Functioning, Social Emotional & Mental Health, Social Problem Solving, Social Skill Strategies
- Published: 2009
- Publisher: Think Social Publishing, Inc.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 210
- ISBN: 9781936943210
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