Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition
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- Ages: 4+
- Pages: 316
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9780970132062
- Published: 2007
Ground zero for understanding and applying the Social Thinking® Methodology, this seminal bestseller from Social Thinking founder, Michelle Garcia Winner, explores in depth the social learning process and how the social brain works. In her hallmark direct and easy-to-understand style, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition weaves together research and cutting-edge clinical practice with innovative frameworks, loads of concrete treatment and learning strategies, case examples and scenarios, user-friendly tools, templates, diagrams, hands-on worksheets, and a touch of humor for teaching the what, why, and how of specific social competencies to all ages of students and clients with social thinking and learning challenges.
For all interventionists—education professionals, service providers, and families—this must-have resource breaks down in clear, readable language what the core social learning and thinking challenges are—and illustrates how to create individualized assessments and begin to develop instructional programs for children and adults with social learning challenges. A practical foundation and roadmap for implementation, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition
- Reviews current thinking on social cognition and key related theories
- Defines perspective taking and its profound impact on children and adults and how the social world works
- Offers strategies that break down complex verbal conversational language and social interactions
- Details Social Behavioral Mapping™, a visual tool for teaching individuals with social thinking and learning challenges about specific relationships between their behaviors, others’ perspectives, others’ actions (consequences), and their own feelings and emotions about how people treat them
- Presents a qualitative tool, The Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment Protocol™, to more deeply explore specific social learning strengths and weaknesses that affect the student’s ability to work in a group, develop relationships, and interpret and respond to information embedded in academic tasks that require social understanding
- Describes informal dynamic assessment tasks created to explore different aspects of the social mind during real-time social interactions
- Provides numerous sample IEP goals and benchmarks, along with complete lessons for use in school or therapeutic settings
- Discusses the challenges of using standardized testing as the primary lens for understanding the real-time use of the social mind in context.
Understanding the perspectives of others is at the heart of all interpersonal relationships, including our ability to share space effectively and interpret and respond to the social world that surrounds us. Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition is where to start to learn more about the amazing processes performed by the social mind. Many students—including but not limited to those with autism spectrum levels 1 and 2, Asperger syndrome, ADHD, twice-exceptional, learning disabilities, language disorders, and other learning challenges—struggle to understand social information from multiple perspectives, making it difficult for them to understand how the social world works and how to function successfully in the social world. Here, Michelle Garcia Winner spells out her four-step framework of perspective taking that breaks down the complex theory of mind research into practical, applicable chunks for systematically explaining, showing, and teaching these kids and adults with social learning challenges, as well as individuals who may be considered "neurotypical."
Featured in this handbook is The Four Steps of Communication™, a framework for exploring how communication is more than words and how our bodies, eyes, and minds are part of this process. This tried-and-true model helps to teach not only students, but also educators, service providers, and caregivers how communication progresses in a predictable, teachable pattern. It also shows what steps to take in analyzing communication breakdowns and how to take a more systematic approach to teaching social thinking and related competencies.
For ages K-adulthood, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition has become the primary tool used by interventionists to learn how to implement aspects of the Social Thinking Methodology in practical and meaningful ways at home, school, and in the community. This book and its follow-up handbook, Think Social! A Social Thinking® Curriculum for School-Age Students, create a powerhouse for interventionists to seed their knowledge in connecting to every other book, module, or product we generate. This dynamic duo continues to be the backbone of every other Social Thinking book we have written, as well as our future materials and publications, on how to teach and empower people of all ages as they work to improve their own social thinking competencies and see the rewards.