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Conversation is hard to do! For something that is so basic to human interaction and social connection, engaging in conversation requires a complex array of social competencies and, at times, is surprisingly difficult to pull off successfully. How do we teach social learners of all ages the why and how of developing meaningful connection with others through face-to-face conversations at home, school, in the workplace, and within their communities?

Whether we have conversations to share information, communicate physical and emotional needs, or simply to develop a personal connection through small talk, we cannot just follow a reliable script for how they will unfold. We can, however, learn to increase our social awareness, organize our thinking before conversations begin, and practice strategies to keep the connection going. Explore our broad range of resources for teaching conversation and connection to help guide social learners in some of the most significant learning of their lives.



The Social Thinking Methodology provides evidence-based strategies to help people of all ages develop their social competencies, flexible thinking & social problem solving and improve: conversation & social connection, executive functioning, friendship & relationship development, perspective taking, self-regulation, and Social Thinking vocabulary.

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