Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students
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- Ages: 4+
- Pages: 373
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9780970132048
- Published: 2008
Think Social! is a curriculum written by speech-language pathologist and Social Thinking® founder, Michelle Garcia Winner. Its 8 chapters and 69 lessons provide core information for how we work and relate to each other in groups. The book’s practical descriptions for why and how we teach specific social emotional concepts, including detailed, step-by-step instruction, continue to make this book a highly valued resource.
Each chapter addresses how to use and interpret language (verbal and nonverbal) to understand the contexts where real communication happens. The lessons span kindergarten through adulthood. Teachers, speech-language pathologists, parents, therapists, and other caregivers are encouraged to modify activities to better fit the age and specific needs of their students.
Lessons in Think Social! begin by teaching Social Thinking Vocabulary. A summary of each chapter provides relevant Social Thinking Vocabulary to use during "teachable moments.” Each chapter concludes with ideas for goal suggestions and also provides a list of educational standards, linking social thinking and academics. The curriculum provides a comprehensive introduction to guide people through applying the lessons to developing social thinking groups.
Think Social! is a school-age curriculum that complements Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, the foundational resource for understanding and applying core components of the Social Thinking® Methodology.
Recommended Teaching & Learning Pathway for Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum
Think Social! is more powerful when taught with other materials. Teaching social concepts should follow a natural sequence, from simple to complex, to support student learning. The following Teaching & Learning Pathway outlines the recommended teaching sequence by age group. As with our products, this pathway is relevant to clinicians, educators, parents—anyone helping a person develop their social competencies.
- Core Methodology: All Ages
- Ages 4-9
- Ages 9-18
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Greater Boston Area | Oct 12 - 13, 2023
Speakers: Michelle Garcia Winner, Dr. Pamela Crooke
Managing what we do and say while building personal relationships is complex. Both require a foundation of self-awareness, social interpretation, and problem solving. This 2- day conference will focus on rethinking the role of educators in a) how we teach social skills and concepts in schools, b) what we really mean by the phrase, “just behave,” and c) how to support building friendships. On Day 1 we will explore practical lessons for specific social emotional vocabulary, visual supports & strategies for developing social & self-awareness and regulation. On Day 2 the course is twofold: in the morning we will reframe common misperceptions about what is meant by a “behavior problem” and explore using proactive strategies for building self-awareness and self-regulation rather than correcting behaviors punitively. In the afternoon, we’ll focus on visual supports and perspective-taking activities for sparking students’ motivation and teaching them tools for building friendships or relationships to meet their social goals.