We Thinkers! Series

The We Thinkers! series (formerly named The Incredible Flexible You) is a Social Thinking educational series that combines a social learning framework with music and dramatic play activities for early learners (ages 4-7). It consists of two volumes, We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers and We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers. Each volume consists of 5 storybooks and a curriculum. The teaching across the series is sequential and concepts build upon each other, therefore it is important that Volume 1 be used before moving on to Volume 2.


The curricula consists of detailed lesson plans, in-classroom structured activities, educational plan goals, and learn-at-home family letters. Volume 1 introduces the following Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary: Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking With Your Eyes, Body in the Group, and Whole Body Listening. The concepts in Volume 2 build off those in Volume 1: Hidden Rules and Expected and Unexpected Behaviors, Smart Guess, Flexible and Stuck Thinking, Size of the Problem, and Sharing an Imagination. The We Thinkers! series includes Storybooks that introduce kids to a different concept in an engaging way, to be followed by lessons and activities form the curriculum.

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Evidence-Based Concepts for We Thinkers! Volume 1 and Volume 2

Joint Attention; Theory of Mind; Social Skills; Visual Supports; Imitation; Play-Based Learning; Imagination; Language-Based Learning; Self-Regulation; Social Emotional Learning; ASD; Cooperation; Social Attention; Self-Awareness; Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)  

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Behne, T., Carpenter, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2005). Unwilling versus unable: Infants' understanding of intentional action. Developmental Psychology, 41(2), 328-37.


Bloom, L. (1998). Language development and emotional expression. Pediatrics, 102(5), e1272.

Bodrova, E. Leong, D.J. (1996). Tools of the mind: The Vygotskian approach to early childhood education. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.


Carpenter, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2005). Twelve-and 18-month-olds copy actions in terms of goals. Developmental Science, 8(1), F13-20.


Carpenter, M., Nagell, K., & Tomasello, M. (1998). Social cognition, joint attention, and communicative competence from 9 to 15 months of age. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 63 (4, Serial No. 255).


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Kupyers, L. (2011). The Zones of Regulation. San Jose, CA: Think Social Publishing Inc.


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Liebal, K, Colombi, C., Rogers, S. J., Warneken, F., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Helping and cooperation in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(2), 224-38.


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Meltzoff, A. N., & Brooks, R. (2009). Social cognition and language: The role of gaze following in early word learning. In J. Colombo, P. McCardle, & L. Freund (Eds.), Infant pathways to language: Methods, models, and research directions (pp. 169-194). New York: Psychology Press/Taylor Francis.


Meltzoff, A. N., & Decety, J. (2003). What imitation tells us about social cognition: A rapprochement between developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 358(1431), 491-500.


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Prizant, B. M., Wetherby, A. M., Rubin, E., Laurent, A, C., and Rydell, P. J. (2006). THE SCERTS® Model: Volume I Assessment; Volume II Program planning and intervention. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.


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Tomasello, M. (2009). Why We Cooperate. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Tomasello, M., Carpenter, M., Call, J., Behne, T., & Moll, H. (2005). Understanding and sharing intentions: The origins of cultural cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(5), 675-735.


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Vygotsky, L. S. (1966). Play and its role in the mental development of the child. Soviet Psychology, 5: 6-18.



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