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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