Why Teach Social Thinking?

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  • Ages: 4+
  • Pages: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781936943135
  • Published: 2013


As you read this book, further your learning with the free study guide!

Today's children (both neurotypical and those with social emotional learning differences and/or challenges) are entering school with struggles to learn in a group, attend to a lesson, consider one another’s perspectives, or self-regulate their own behavior. Teachers are increasingly finding themselves ill-equipped with the know-how, tools, and strategies to teach students about social awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-regulation of behavior.

Why Teach Social Thinking? emphasizes the importance of social emotional learning to a student's academic success and later well-being and success in life.

This book uses core questions to explore the complex and interrelated issues that are at the heart of teaching social learning including, “What are social skills?”

  1. What are the origins of social development? Is there an age when our social development stops?
  2. In what areas do students with social cognitive differences and/or challenges find most difficult? The ILAUGH Model remodeled
  3. When a person struggles with social conceptual information, how does that impact academics?
  4. When do we use social thinking and how do we teach it?
  5. How can cognitive based teaching help to teach social thinking concepts?
  6. Are social learners all the same?
  7. Who is responsible for teaching social thinking and related social concepts and strategies?
  8. What is a framework for teaching social thinking concepts and strategies?
  9. What are guidelines for teaching social thinking concepts and strategies?
  10. How does social teaching fit into what we typically call "education"?
  11. What are evidence-based practices? How do they apply to teaching social thinking concepts?

Special Features

  • Why Teach Social Thinking? includes an introduction to the Social Thinking Vocabulary, terms that establish a common language for adults and students of all ages to talk about and explore social concepts.
  • The book outlines the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile, a system that helps parents and educators define and better understand the social learning characteristics of different types of learners.
  • School educators who are interested in promoting concepts from the Social Thinking Methodology can use it to reinforce the idea that social thinking is something we all do. It is not just for students with social or emotional learning differences and/or challenges.
  • At the college/university level, the questions in the book can be a springboard for graduate and post-graduate level classroom discussions. The free Study Guide further enhances learning and discussion.
  • Policy makers/program planners can use the questions and Study Guide for round-table discussions about teaching social skills within an education and/or treatment setting.
  • Chapter 11 discusses 14 best-practice guidelines for teaching Social Thinking.

This is a great foundational book for parents, teachers, service providers, and administrators. Foreword by Dr. Patricia Prelock, 2013 President, American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA).

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