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Why teach Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary to children ages 8-11?

Explore other ages: Early Learners (Ages 4-7) | Tweens & Teens (Ages 11+)

Understanding our own and others’ thoughts and feelings is a part of our daily human experience, no matter where we are or what we are doing by ourselves or with others—reading, watching, writing, participating in groups, or interacting. It’s a critical function of our social minds, which grow and evolve with age. Social emotional learning is cumulative throughout our lives, so let’s get down to teaching what being social really means—to all children!

 

As soon as children start school, they are placed into learning groups, and it’s assumed that they bring with them basic knowledge of how to work, learn, play in groups, form relationships, and feel included to help themselves and others succeed. This knowledge is rarely taught explicitly. It’s as if we expect all children, beginning at age four, to cooperate, to understand that other people are different from them, that each of us is unique and has our own thoughts and feelings.

 

The reality is they don’t. Yet, throughout our 25+ years of research, practice, and teaching, we’ve found that when children learn the mechanics of why and how we actually do this using our social minds—it helps them develop deeper insights into what is going on around them. That’s why classrooms, schools, and hundreds of thousands of interventionists around the world are teaching the award-winning Social Thinking curricula and resources to their elementary school-age students.

 

The Social Thinking® Methodology provides specific vocabulary and different developmentally based curricula, lessons, strategies, and activities—created especially for elementary school children. Social Thinking unpacks how the social world works and why for interventionists (educators, therapists & parents) and their social learners, so that all children can have access to understanding and learning how to navigate the social world and move toward improvement in their own social goals.

 

Explore our broad range of products, online courses, 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.

Free Webinars—Learn Essential Social Thinking Concepts for Free

Products to Support Social Emotional Awareness, Perspective Taking & Regulation

On Demand Courses—Practical Strategies You Can Use Right Now

Social Detective & Superflex

Part 1: Me in the Social World—It All Starts with Social Self-Awareness

Series Name: Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning: Teaching the Concepts with Fidelity

In this first part of a two-part series, learn how to teach with fidelity the award-winning You are a Social Detective! and Superflex…A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials. Learn how to modify this curriculum for use with older social learners.
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Social Detective & Superflex

Part 2: Using Social Competencies to Navigate in the Social World

Series Name: Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning: Teaching the Concepts with Fidelity

In this second part of a two-part series, you will learn how to teach with fidelity the award-winning You are a Social Detective! and Superflex…A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We continue to explore many different social thinking strategies for navigating in the social world. Learn how to teach Superflex in the mainstream classroom, in-person, or online. Discover the dos and don’ts when using Social Thinking® teaching materials.

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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 teaching 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.
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Social Thinking Vocabulary

Part 2: Strategies and Concepts for How to Navigate to Regulate in the Social World

Series Name: Social Thinking Vocabulary and Strategies

Using concrete social emotional vocabulary and frameworks, we teach strategies for social learners to navigate (to regulate) in the social world. In this second half of this series, learn additional Social Thinking Vocabulary to make abstract social concepts more concrete. We describe practical examples for guiding children, students or clients to build social competencies in conversations, executive functions, self-awareness, self-regulation, perspective taking, and flexible thinking.
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Executive Functioning

Part 1: How Do We Get Things Done?

Series Name: Fostering the Development of Executive Functions

Organizational skills for homework and classwork start with organized thinking. In this first of a two-part series, we explore three critical and fascinating aspects involving how every individual engages in organized thinking and then explore the process of identifying goals, creating action plans, and developing metacognitively based strategies to help our children, students, or clients get things done.
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Executive Functioning

Part 2: Finding One’s Motivation to Tackle Many Moving Parts of Any Assignment

Series Name: Fostering the Development of Executive Functions

This second part of a two-part series is an exploration of metacognitive strategies to help students find their motivation, learn about time prediction, prioritize their workload, and track multiple assignments simultaneously. We explore the importance of perspective taking and how we can help.
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Brand New Course

What’s It Mean to “Behave”?

Tips, Tools & Strategies for Teaching Students Self-Regulation

When what a student says or does (actions or reactions) is out of sync with what the group is doing, they’re often labeled as a “behavior problem.” We’ll rethink “behavior problems” by teaching lessons that promote development of social competencies, including the power of hidden expectations, as well as other self-regulation strategies for use in the classroom, playground, and home.
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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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What is Social Thinking?

The foundation of our work provides interventionists (teachers, speech language pathologists, therapists, clinicians, parents) and social learners with frameworks, tools, skills and a shared language to improve social competencies—more than just social skills.

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. 

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