Self-Regulation with Superflex! Basic Bundle
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- Ages: 5-10+
- Pages: 193
- Format: Other
- ISBN: 6004
- Published: 2019
You may have heard about Social Detective, Superflex, and the cast of colorful characters that help kids work on self-regulation. Kids around the world are having so much fun learning strategies and practicing new skills to boost their “Superflex powers,” they don’t realize they’re improving their self-regulation and flexible thinking abilities! (New to Superflex? See what it’s all about in this short article.)
Get started teaching students to observe what’s happening in the social world and empower their own Superflex with this Basic Bundle. It’s composed of the foundational products in our Superflex series, plus the Superflex: My Hero Inside music CD is included for free! Looking for the complete collection of Superflex products? Check out the Superflex All-In-One Bundle.
These products are designed to be used in a specific order to foster children’s learning and growth. Though we as interventionists often want kids to simply “control their behavior,” the act of doing so is surprisingly complicated. For kids to learn to self-regulate, they must first develop solid social awareness which includes an understanding of the social norms for a particular context, and the self-awareness and perspective taking to adapt their behavior to fit social norms. Therefore, since self-regulation requires an array of social competencies, it’s important to support children in developing these before we can expect them to self-regulate. Therefore, begin with the book, You are a Social Detective! It introduces our unique Social Thinking Vocabulary to help kids learn more about social norms, perspective taking, and how our actions impact others. (If you’re working with kids between the ages of 4-7, consider also teaching the We Thinkers! Series to give further instruction on foundational social concepts.) Then, move on to the Superflex Curriculum. See the products included in this bundle and the order in which to teach them below.
Bundle Products: Use in This Sequence
1. You are a Social Detective!
Though Superflex does not appear in this book, it introduces the foundational concepts required for social self-regulation—earning its spot as the first book of the Superflex series. You are a Social Detective! encourages kids to become “social detectives” to observe the social world and learn unique Social Thinking Vocabulary to help them figure out what the social expectations are in different contexts. The book also helps kids work on perspective taking, as they learn that everyone has thoughts and feelings about each other (including about them!) and that their words and actions impact others. Only when students develop a working knowledge of the expectations they have for others in the social world and understand that the world has expectations for them as well are they ready to learn how to self-regulate using their inner Superflex to meet those greater expectations. You are a Social Detective! is an award-winning storybook that should be taught over an extended period of time and revisited often to encourage social learning in all contexts. For interventionists, a few lesson ideas are included to guide further teaching of these concepts. Also sold separately.
2. Superflex… A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum Package (two-book set)
Once you’ve finished teaching You Area a Social Detective!, it’s time to move on to the Superflex Curriculum Package. For the past 10+ years, kids around the world have been having fun developing their social self-regulation with these characters. In this two-book set, get to know Superflex, a self-regulation superhero, and the 14 original Unthinkables—quirky, engaging characters who represent common unexpected behaviors. Through the Superflex Curriculum, kids will enjoy learning about flexible thinking, gaining strategies to defeat Unthinkables, and practicing pro-social behaviors on their journeys toward social self-regulation. The charming storybook introduces kids to the pretend realm of Social Town, Superflex, and the Unthinkables. The curriculum includes lessons, handouts, and visual tools to transform your classroom, clinic, or home into a Superflex Academy. Teach students to access their superflexible thinking and to foster social self-regulation. Mainstream kids love Superflex too! Also sold separately.
Use to Support the Superflex Curriculum (in Any Order):
Superflex Bingo is a flexible, fun, and educational game that helps kids solidify Social Thinking Vocabulary from You are a Social Detective! and the Superflex Curriculum, while studying the powers of the Unthinkables. Use it alongside or after the Superflex Curriculum to help kids familiarize themselves with the concepts and characters to use in their self-regulation journeys. Students listen to a situation read aloud and figure out a Social Thinking concept or Superflex character that fits the situation, placing a game piece on the square that matches their thinking. The game is designed so that all players “win” by getting bingos during the session, alleviating the behavior dysregulation that can often occur in competitive games. Also sold separately.
Included Free! Superflex: My Hero Inside (Music CD)
Sing away the pesky Unthinkables with 13 adorable Superflex songs that support self-regulation! Kids light up listening to fun, catchy songs with educational lyrics about training at the Superflex Academy, being a Social Detective, living in Social Town, overcoming the Destroyer of Fun, discovering their “hero inside” and much more. Once students are introduced to the world of Superflex, the songs can be used at any time to promote ongoing social learning. Preview the music and download the lyrics. The CD is included free in the bundle!
Keep scrolling to discover additional books and games (sold separately) that support the Superflex Curriculum!
Use these resources alongside the Basic Bundle (in any order)
The Superflex series includes a wide variety of products! If you’re looking for more material to use alongside or after the Basic Bundle, here are some resources to support the Superflex Curriculum.
- Posters & Games
This series is all about ensuring fidelity when using two of our key teaching materials, the award-winning You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum. The purpose of You Are a Social Detective! is to foster social pragmatic understanding using Social Thinking Vocabulary as kids learn to be social observers, or “social detectives.” The purpose of the Superflex curriculum (featuring our superhero, Superflex) is to help students develop their social thinking to improve self-awareness, self-monitoring and, ultimately, self-regulation. Though presented in a kid-friendly format, the teaching behind the playfulness has a scope and sequence that require time and thought on the part of the professional.
We will also share tips on how to adapt these teaching materials for early learners as well as for tweens and teens who have outgrown the cartoon hero teaching approach. Additionally, we’ll explore how all this information dovetails with educational standards, social-emotional learning, Response to Intervention (RTI), and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
Why We Created This Series:
We created this series because we realized some professionals were not recognizing the depth, complexity, and developmental appropriateness embedded in some of our teaching materials, particularly Social Detective and Superflex. The result was that some students were becoming more dysregulated rather than learning self-regulation!
Each module in this series encourages awareness of a student’s developmental level while sharing best teaching practices for You Are a Social Detective!, Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum, and other related Social Thinking products. We describe how to teach these materials and elements of the broader Social Thinking Methodology with fidelity based on common questions we receive and our observations of where more clarity is needed.
Content Disclosure: This series does not teach about any other methodologies or programs aside from the Social Thinking Methodology.
*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.
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