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
- 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.
Friendship is complicated for kids. Children everywhere want to be liked, fit in with a group, and be good sports—but most kids struggle at times. This practical, research-based friendship guide has plenty of true-to-life examples presented through more than 200 lighthearted cartoons that make learning fun for kids. With this book, children learn strategies to help them build meaningful friendships and navigate the challenges that come up along the way.Learn more
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.
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.
Part 1: The Social World: Practical Vocabulary and Concepts for Teaching How It Works
Series Name: Social Thinking Vocabulary and Strategies
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
Flirting, Dating & Maintaining Relationships: How Do You Teach This?
Our goal is to help people learn explicitly how to engage in social information processing; how to attend, interpret, problem solve and respond in any situation—the thinking and doing skills that will aid them in becoming increasingly successful in the social world throughout their lives.
At some point we all struggle in social situations. Engaging in a social emotional thinking/feeling based process can be difficult at times for everyone in the social world. Our role as interventionists is to help motivate social learners to "do the work" and explore how we all share social expectations, thoughts, feelings, make mistakes and try again as we learn to navigate our way toward our social goals. The practical nature of our teaching and the concrete way we explain social concepts helps engage people in social learning not only about themselves but about others.
What People Are Saying About Social Thinking
Elementary SchoolNatalie, Resource Teacher
SchoolsPeggy, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mental Health & CliniciansGreg, School Psychologist
Speech Language PathologistsAmy, SLP
Parents & FamiliesTammy, Mom of 9 year-old boy
Adult ClientsAutistic Adult