Learn About the Concept of Social Thinking, and Our Company's Mission
Social thinking (the concept) is the process of thinking about a situation in order to determine which social behaviors to display that will help us achieve our goals (such as friendship, safety, a promotion, etc.). At Social Thinking (the company), our mission is to help people develop their social thinking skills to better connect with others and live happier, more meaningful lives. We do so by creating unique treatment frameworks, strategies, and products, and providing clinical services, and conferences. We have a lot to offer, click to find out more!
Summer is here, and for many families that means vacation and new adventures—great opportunities to practice being a Social Detective! Explore why social observation is a crucial skill for everyone when traveling, and how to take a few minutes each day to increase social awareness in a fun, effective way.
Our New Play Scale
Kids come to the classroom with differing abilities. Those who are more "me based" or adult based players are not as likely to naturally figure out the dynamics of a playground or a classroom, while those with stronger "we based" play skills tend to be more fluid in their ability to attend and learn in larger groups. In this article, learn why we developed our new Interactive Play Scale and how you can use our tools to help children you work with improve their social understanding through play.
Are you Teaching Deeply? Using the Terms Expected & Unexpected
Social Thinking Vocabulary terms describing behavior as “expected” or “unexpected” are popular as they help students develop self-awareness and look for the “hidden social rules” in a situation. Determine if your use of the terms is a catalyst for powerful teaching, or just an attempt to redirect behavior.
Life, Animated & Michelle Garcia Winner
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind, wrote a book about his son Owen’s life that inspired a documentary. Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking, had no idea that her sessions with Owen would become footage in the documentary of his coming of age.
Michelle Garcia Winner and the Expected Ways for Managing Boredom
We all get bored, and it’s expected that students will be bored at times in class. But the difference between the teacher giving a student a smile and detention is based on how that student manages his or her boredom. Teach your students to use these “expected” behaviors when bored for less distraction and better learning by all!
Evidence-Based Practice is a term that is now commonplace amongst educators, therapeutic professionals, and parents. But what does it mean and how does it relate to the Social Thinking® methodology?
Social Fortune or Social Fate: A Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers will inspire tweens and teens to explore how their social problem solving and decision making impact others, influence how others treat them, and ultimately - determine how they feel about themselves. This book provides direct instruction and guidance to our students and their teachers by explaining visually, with words, and with strategy codes how to decipher social situations and related social emotional responses.
Now Accepting Applications for Clinical Training
Our Clinical Training Program is in high demand and there are a limited number of available spaces! The intensive three-day training lets you observe an assessment and a variety of Social Thinking treatment sessions and discuss treatment for the different levels of the social mind. Get the inside scoop on Social Thinking's newest, and yet to be published, concepts and strategies directly from the thought leaders developing them.
Dr. Pamela Crooke Explains Social Thinking's Methodology
Dr. Pamela Crooke talks about Social Thinking's methodology and connects the curriculum and strategies to a deeper evidence base in an easy to understand way. The Social Thinking methodology embraces what the literature tells us about working directly with individuals who have social learning challenges (i.e. ASD, ADHD, Twice Exceptional, etc.) and promotes the use of visual supports, modeling, naturalistic teaching, and self-management.
Our Most Important Strategy
The most fundamental strategy that we teach at Social Thinking is Thinking with Your Eyes. Many with social learning challenges don’t innately understand that people’s thoughts often revolve around where they are looking…which is the first step to perspective taking. In this heartwarming story, see how Michelle Garcia Winner teaches this abstract idea through concrete activities.
You are a Social Detective!
Turn kids into Social Detectives who use their “social tool-box” to figure out why certain behaviors are “expected” or “un-expected” throughout the school day. Then follow clues to figure out the thoughts, feelings, and plans of others!
Anxiety and Social Competencies
Social anxiety is a setback to social learning and growth. It can drive us into the Spiral of Social Failure where we “prove” to ourselves that we “can’t do it” - causing more anxiety. But the good news is the brain can be trained out of it! Learn to conquer anxiety with the Spiral of Social Success.
Superflex Games to Use at Home
Learn three games you can do at home to help your child become more familiar with Superflex Thinkables and Unthinkables and apply the concepts to their lives. Dr. Pamela Crooke demonstrates the games using our Superflex Superdecks & Double Deck Bundle, available for purchase in the Products tab. Thanks!
Adults and Being Social
The key to connecting with people – be it a friend, a date, or a coworker – is how you make them feel. People likely won’t show interest in the information you share if you don’t show interest in them! We translate the social world to help adults succeed in friendships, careers, marriages, etc.
Socially Curious and Curiously Social
The social guidebook that tackles everything teens and young adults need to know to navigate the social world, including: dating, texting, lies, every day relationships, and more.
Adults Directing Their Treatment
Usually parents guide their children’s social treatment across the team, but as children grow into adults - the client is expected to take the lead in their own social learning. This often proves difficult for folks and the effectiveness of treatment can plummet. Use these tools to build goals for yourself and become the director of your treatment team.
Social Thinking at Work
Many people have great social intentions (ex. to be kind and relate to others) but their actions seem to be misunderstood. Why? Because good intentions aren’t good enough. Discover strategies to help improve your social thinking at work so that people can see the “you” you intend to be.
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Social Thinking Products
Books, Games, Posters and Music
Our products provide practical frameworks, strategies, activities, and vocabulary to help people ages 4 years through adulthood improve their social thinking and related social skills - and in time - build stronger relationships.Explore the catalog
Social Thinking Conferences
Conferences Sponsored By Social Thinking
- Boston Area, MA Oct 05-07
- Minneapolis, MN Oct 12-14
- Salt Lake City, UT Oct 20-21
- Tacoma, WA Nov 08-10
- San Diego, CA Nov 30-Dec 02
- Bay Area, CA Dec 05-07
- Orange County, CA Jan 31-Feb 03
- Phoenix, AZ Mar 08-10
- St. Louis Area, MO Mar 14-17
- Columbus, OH Mar 27-29
- Hartford, CT Apr 18-22
- Brooklyn, NY May 02-06
- Philly Area, NJ May 08-11
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