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Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum Package

The Superflex curriculum offers lesson plans to help professionals and parents create a personalized Superflex Superhero Training Academy for their students. The students learn that everyone has superflexible capabilities and that they can transform into their own personal Superflex. The curriculum is paired with a 21 page comic book; Superflex Takes on Rock Brain and the Team of Unthinkables. This comic tells the story of how Aiden gained his superflexible thinking powers to become Superflex! Students learn about the cast of Unthinkables who are trying to overtake and rid the town of Superflex forever. Superflex and his sidekick dog, Bark, go on their first mission to try to save the citizens of Social Town. Depicting behaviors as comic book characters helps to remove blocks to the student's awareness of the behaviors, while the superhero Superflex helps build the thinking required to regulate those behaviors.


Superflex should only be introduced after the instructor (teacher, parent, etc.) is familiar with Social Thinking vocabulary (see comments below about when and how to implement the curriculum lessons).

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Important Note About Superflex


The purpose of the Superflex curriculum is to teach self-awareness, self-monitoring, self-control and social problem-solving. But, it is critical that students have some understanding of basic social thinking vocabulary BEFORE launching into the Superflex curriculum. While concepts and story are motivating to many students, we have found that due to its charm - some educators and parents skip the foundational lessons and jump immediately into Superflex and the Unthinkables.

 

This prompted us to write the Social Detective Comic book to focus on what type of information students should have in order to be more successful with Superflex. The Social Detective focuses on Social Thinking Vocabulary (also found in Think Social), which is essential to carry across the school and home day. Social Detective is designed to be introduced to kinder - 5th (and older) students. Superflex is designed for 3-5th graders. These are our suggested guidelines, but some children, on a neurotypical developmental pathway, are able to benefit from the strategies and lessons at an earlier age (2nd grade).

 

We always begin, regardless of a person's age, by teaching how to view/observe the expectations of the greater world through the use of a social thinking toolbox (eyes, ears feelings, brain). We teach how to understand the connection between  expected and unexpected behaviors and the relationship to others' thinking and feelings. An individual must first develop an understanding that he or she has expectations for others in the social world AND that others have expectations too. Only then should “Superflex” be introduced.  

 

It is VERY important that we don’t rush to teach our students self-control before they have a solid grasp on self-awareness.  If you find that your child/student doesn't have a clear understanding between what's real/pretend, is anxious about thinking about the Unthinkables, becomes obsessed with the Unthinkables, or just doesn't enjoy the concepts, then please discontinue using the curriculum and change to focusing on other lessons or the Thinkables. 

 

 

Evidence-Based Concepts for Superflex:   

 

CBT; Social Skills; Self-Awareness; Self-Regulation; Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS); Social Problem Solving; Perspective Taking; Social Emotional Learning; ASD; Response to Intervention (RTI); Social-Academic connections 

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