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Clear Concepts & Practical Strategies for Social Learners

Help guide social learners in some of the most significant learning of their lives

Friendship seems so easy and natural to those who make friends easily—but to those who find it challenging, it’s neither simple, logical, or predictable! All functional relationships—including but not limited to friendship—require:


  • executive functions
  • organizational skills
  • flexible thinking
  • perspective taking
  • understanding feelings and emotions
  • self-regulation
  • social problem solving
  • and many more social competencies.

How do we crack open this treasure chest to make the most coveted, yet complex facet of relationship development explicit and accessible to our children, students, and clients who struggle to form an array of gratifying emotional relationships with their peers, colleagues, and others they simply share space with?


The Social Thinking® Methodology teaches clear concepts and strategies that can make the relationship process visible and concrete and unpacks different aspects of relationship development from age four through adulthood.


Explore our broad range of online, digital, print, and free resources for teaching practical concepts, vocabulary, and strategies to help guide social learners in some of the most significant learning of their lives.

A new livestream event from Social Thinking—your trusted social learning resource for more than 25 years

Brand New Course

What’s a Friend, and Do I Really Need Friends?

Tips & Strategies to Make and Keep Friends, Unpack Social Dislikes & Manage Social Anxiety

The ability to make and keep a friend is something most of us take for granted. However, when it’s hard to make a friend or a friendship dissolves into dislikes, it’s important to have metacognitively based concepts and strategies to help us engage to meet our own personal goals. In this livestream-recorded online training, we’ll unpack different aspects of peer-based relations, from friendship to dislike, and provide practical strategies and perspective-taking activities to encourage student motivation to continue to develop increasingly complex relational social competencies as they age.
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3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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Products on friendship & relationship development for developmental ages

Free resources on friendship & relationship development for use at home & school

On Demand courses taught by thought leaders in social emotional & academic learning

All About Emotions

Part 1: Helping Students Gain Perspective on Their Emotions

Series Name: The Power of Emotions: Strategies to Fuel Self-Regulation, Learning, and Communication

In this first part of a four-part series we explore how our emotions are central to our social competencies, executive functions, and self-regulation. Emotions are our brain’s powerhouse; they can help fuel motivation or derail us. We investigate how negative emotions are processed differently than positive emotions and how emotions are the cornerstone of each person's memories, both good and not so great. Learn strategies to help students unpack their daily emotional experiences.

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Early Learners (Ages 4-7)

Part 1: Foundations for Early Learners—Teaching Thoughts, Feelings, and The Group Plan

Series Name: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula

Guide children’s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Part 1: Foundations for Early Learners—Teaching Thoughts, Feelings, and The Group Plan examines the foundations of our work with early learners, delves into the core concepts thoughts and feelings and the group plan, and provides strategies, lessons, and examples for teaching them to children ages 4–7 years old using We Thinkers! Volume 1 with fidelity.

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Social Thinking Vocabulary

Part 1: The Social World: Practical Vocabulary and Concepts for Teaching How It Works

Series Name: Social Thinking Vocabulary and Strategies

We all need practical social emotional learning tools for teaching social information. Part 1 of this two-part series introduces two core treatment frameworks, multiple tools, and practical strategies as part of the Social Thinking® Methodology’s concrete vocabulary. Discover social emotional learning strategies for teaching how the social world works to guide treatment planning.

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Tweens & Teens

Part 1: How Can We Help Teens When They Want Us to Go Away?

Series Name: Exploring the Unique Needs of Teens Who Are Developing Social Self-Awareness

In this first part of a two-part series we discuss teens’ expectations for how we work with them even when their social emotional self-regulation skills are lagging significantly behind their neurotypical peers. We explore how to help students deemed oppositional or resistant to active participation in classrooms and treatment sessions. We also review how education and employment laws in the USA change when children turn 18 years old.
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Flirting, Dating & Maintaining Relationships: How Do You Teach This?

In this course, we will address a range of topics including but not limited to culture, religion, pornography and the law, and emerging sexuality for neurodivergent social learners—especially those on the autism spectrum. We will show practical lessons developed with input from neurodivergent clients and students with different social learning styles as they established their own social relationship goals.
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Helping over one million educators, clinicians & families around the world

Teaching social competencies—more than social skills

Over time, our teachings can help people cultivate relationships and improve performance at school and at work. For 25 years our experts have been a guiding resource for schools, clinics, and families around the world, and we’re here for you, too. Whether you're teaching individuals with ADHD, autism spectrum (levels 1 or 2), social communication disorders, or an entire mainstream class-our strategies can help you help them.

This has been a game changer for helping general education teachers better understand our ‘awkward’ kids who just don't get it. We have been using the Social Thinking Methodology with our students, they are making friends, are more successful academically, and generally happier in all they do. Thank you! - Jennifer, Special Education Teacher

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