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Organizational skills are part of executive functioning

Teaching techniques, strategies & activities to bolster organizational skills

Organizational skills help us manage and achieve our life goals of all types. Establishing and maintaining an organized approach to achieving our goals is part of our executive functioning. In fact, any goal-oriented activity, across all aspects of our daily functioning (e.g., learning, playing, and working), requires performing related executive functions.

The process of building organizational skills requires executive functioning, which always begins with a goal in mind—e.g., turn in a homework assignment, make a friend, play a game, cross a street, attend class, go on a date, lead a group, manage a project, etc. To attain that goal, we engage in a set of parallel or sequenced tasks, many of which we’re expected to learn without direct instruction. Executive functions are the tasks we do to accomplish a goal; executive functioning is when the entire process is completed successfully. Many individuals with social learning differences and/or challenges struggle with developing organizational skills; they have limited executive functioning because they need support to identify goals and unpack them to determine and carry out specific sets of tasks (executive functions) to reach those goals.

This is where the Social Thinking® Methodology can help. We focus on teaching this entire organizational process explicitly, which includes but is not limited to goal identification, problem solving, time prediction, time management, flexible thinking, and behavioral and emotional regulation, to help people develop the organized thinking and skills to make progress toward what they want or need to accomplish. We also assist administrators, educators, counselors, parents, and family members in becoming more familiar with how to break down information to support organized thinking and personal success.

With evidence-based & research-informed curricula, resources, visual tools, and step-by-step guidance, the Social Thinking Methodology provides explicit instruction, as well as strategies, to support learners with a range of social learning styles, family members, and professionals. Our practical, metacognitively based information can help individuals ages 4-80+ keep themselves focused on what they seek to accomplish and motivated to persevere in this complex process.

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

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Raising an Organized Child: Strategies to Promote Executive Functions

In two keynotes, Dr. Damon Korb, MD FAAP and developmental behavioral pediatrician, and Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP and founder of the Social Thinking® Methodology, will connect the dots between executive functions—including self-regulation and perspective taking—and creative, practical strategies to foster organized thinking. Damon’s keynote will explain five important steps professionals can learn to guide parents in how to raise an organized child. He will also present strategies and lessons he has learned during his 20 years as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician to help foster children’s active engagement of organized thinking, the kind of learning and functions they’ll use throughout their lives. Michelle’s keynote will focus on how to help students/clients develop friendships. How do people make friends? How do we keep them? What creative strategies can we teach to help tweens and teens learn to invest in these important but complicated relationships?
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Access free webinars, thinksheets and visuals to help students improve their executive functioning. Our Thinksheets (worksheets that make you think!), articles, visuals and webinars are tools to break down, think through, and practice specific social concepts and strategies to support the development of executive functioning.

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In this webinar, we’ll discuss why children, students, and adults may resist help or refuse to ask for it and we’ll deconstruct the multi-step process through which we ask for help. We’ll also explore the social emotional benefits for all participating in this unique and rewarding relationship.

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Demystifying Executive Functions | What They Are and How to Teach Them

Executive functioning is at the heart of our daily functioning across all places in which we learn, play, and work. It affects almost everything we do! Learn how to help students improve their executive functioning, which begins by avoiding assumptions as you teach them.

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The Social Thinking Methodology provides evidence-based strategies to help people ages four through adult develop their social competencies, flexible thinking & social problem solving to meet their own social goals and improve:

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