Conceptual & Treatment Frameworks

Conceptual Frameworks are built upon research-based theoretical concepts, constructs, and therapies in a manner that blends or scaffolds the information to help parents and professionals organize their thinking about social learning (social cognition).

Treatment Frameworks evolve from the conceptual frameworks and transform evidence-based concepts into a concrete and structured framework that can be introduced to and used with students. Treatment frameworks were designed for Interventionists (educators, therapists, and parent/caregivers) to first understand and then utilize that knowledge to structure teaching for clients, students, and individuals with social learning challenges.

To truly understand the richness of the evidence base underlying the frameworks, strategies, activities, and motivational developmental tools of the Social Thinking Methodology, the Treatment Frameworks listed below have a direct link to the Conceptual Frameworks.

These frameworks serve two missions: 1) Provide the Interventionist with a deeper understanding of the theoretical concepts and 2) Create a structure for our clients/students to understand that the strategies we teach do not stand alone, but are part of a larger social process.

Social Thinking

Conceptual & Treatment Frameworks

The following are just a sample of the frameworks supported by the Social Thinking Methodology.  We continue to develop and write about conceptual frameworks based on our clinical experience, and treatment frameworks which are grounded in literature.

Think QuAD

Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, Chief Strategy Officer describes what should be considered to teach the Social Thinking Methodology with fidelity. To help you teach our curricula with fidelity, we’re in the process of creating fidelity checklists - one page teaching guidelines - for each Social Thinking curriculum.


Teach with Fidelity

The ILAUGH Model

The ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking is a core (and critical) framework created and developed by Michelle Garcia Winner to help professionals and parents understand and think about the struggles faced by those with social learning challenges. The Framework is based on an extensive literature base of both seminal and current research and represents the foundation of all Social Thinking concepts.


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Social Emotional Learning

Components of the Social Thinking Methodology fit within the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework by addressing joint attention, self-regulation, and perspective taking through stories and play.  While the motivational developmental tool used with a specific student(s) may change over the years of a child’s life due to developmental shifts, the core Social Thinking Treatment Frameworks and Strategies remain the same.


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Executive Functioning

Social thinking challenges routinely prevent individuals from accurately interpreting social information. These challenges can be said to represent a social executive function problem (sometimes called a social multitasking problem). The ability to socially process and respond to information requires more than factual knowledge of obvious social rules and unspoken rules (hidden rules of the situation). It also requires the ability to consider the perspective of the person with whom you are talking.


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Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is one of many important components within our lifelong journey of social emotional learning as we each morph and evolve with maturity, experience, changing contexts, etc. Impulsive behavior is observed as unexpected behavior and can result in challenges in both functioning as part of a group, and gaining social acceptance by one's peers, both within and outside the classroom. The lifelong journey of social emotional learning and self-regulation requires more than one treatment framework.


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Social Skills

The vast majority of Social Thinking strategies were developed to target social skill development. However, our lessons do not simply tell the individual which skill to use and where, but instead focus on the thinking, feelings, context, and interpretation involved with social skill understanding and production.


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Theory of Mind

If you are familiar with the Social Thinking framework, you know treatment starts at the level of the student’s social mind. We avoid assumptions of ability or challenge based on test scores and instead start by trying to understand how the client views the world. From there we teach lessons at a level the individual can understand about his or her own and others’ perspectives, mental manipulation, and social self-awareness, focusing on social attention and related social skills. We also connect social learning to social academic abilities and critical thinking, skills that are highly valued in the classroom, community, and work environments.


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Social Cognition

The vast majority of Social Thinking strategies include an emphasis on social cognition, i.e. social attention to thinking, interpretation, and application based on others and the context. Most lessons related to components of the Social Thinking Methodology have an underlying emphasis on the thinking and feeling components involved in the dynamic social interpretation that is at the heart of social skill understanding and production.


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Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The Social Thinking Methodology provides a cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) approach focused on fostering social learning due to weak social cognition or compelling social anxiety. Most strategies and lessons provide the foundation for teaching using CBT principles.


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PBIS & RTI

Social Thinking strategies and lessons provide a foundation for teaching Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI) by addressing social self-awareness, self-regulation and perspective taking. Most schools using PBIS and RTI to promote a climate of compassion and respect have adopted lessons within the Social Thinking Methodology for all students, both in general education and special education classrooms.


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Conceptual & Treatment Frameworks Related Articles

I'm Doing Social Thinking - But Where Is The Evidence?

Where is the evidence?

We all want to use interventions and practices based on the evidence, but how do we explain the many moving parts and evidence related to Social Thinking? In this article we walk you through how to make connections between research-based theory to Social Thinking’s treatment frameworks to our related strategies and activities.

 

 

 

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A How To Guide for Measuring Social Thinking Progress

A How To Guide for Measuring Social Thinking Progress
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Understanding Core Social Thinking Challenges: The ILAUGH Model

Understanding Core Social Thinking Challenges: The ILAUGH Model
The ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking is a core (and critical) framework created and developed by Michelle Garcia Winner to help professionals and parents understand and think about the struggles faced by those with social learning challenges. The Framework is based on an extensive literature base of both seminal and current research and represents the foundation of all Social Thinking concepts. 
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