Help kids become better social thinkers & problem solvers

Free Stuff for School Age (Ages 5-10+)

Social expectations grow as children go through elementary school—they are expected to become stronger social observers, problem solvers, and know how to regulate their own emotions and behaviors. Engaging in a social emotional thinking/feeling based process can be difficult at times for everyone. Our role as interventionists (teachers, speech language pathologists, therapists, clinicians, parents) is to help motivate social emotional 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. Social Thinking's Free Stuff for school age students is designed to be used with both typically developing children and those with social learning differences.

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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Social Detective & Superflex Series Free Thinksheets

Boost Social Awareness & Self-Regulation

Looking for an engaging way to teach social awareness and self-regulation? You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex, to the rescue! Our award-winning series teaches social learners the power of observation, social awareness, self-regulation and flexible thinking abilities.

Free Infographic: Superflex Series

Social Detective Superflex Visual

Pull out your detective magnifying glasses and fasten your capes! Download these free tip sheets and help elementary school children build social competencies. Learn more about the world of Social Detective and Superflex at our upcoming conference in:

Orange/Anaheim, CA on February 1 - 2, 2023

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Thinking about MY SMARTS

Thinking About My Smarts Thinksheet
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Social Smarts & Science Smarts Thinksheet

Social Smars and Science Smarts
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What I Like to Think About Thinksheet

What I Like to Think About
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Free Zones of Regulation Emotion Visuals & Handouts

The Zones of Regulation is an award-winning social emotional learning series that has been adopted across thousands of mainstream classrooms worldwide. Students ages 4-18+ learn how to organize their feelings into four different Zones and use metacognitive strategies to regulate within specific Zones to meet their personal, organizational, and social goals. The best-selling and easy-to-teach curriculum provides important practical social emotional learning tools to practice regulation of one’s feelings across situations at home, school, and in the community.


Further supplement strategies for managing feelings and sensory needs as part of their social emotional learning with these free emotion visuals and handouts when using The Zones of Regulation curriculum to support individuals ages 4-18+.

Create a Zones Check-In for Home

Create Zones Check-in for Home
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Reproducible T

Zones of Regulation Reproducible T
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All the Zones Are OK

All the Zones are Ok coloring page
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Social Thinking Vocabulary Free Thinksheets

At the heart of the Social Thinking Methodology is our vocabulary. It’s our way of translating complex social concepts into a simpler form that can be taught and used as a common language to talk about what it means to “be social” across people, cultures, and context. Social Thinking Vocabulary encourages people to actively notice what’s happening around them.

Identifying 3 Parts of an Activity/Hanging Out

Identifying 3 Parts of an Activity or Hanging Out Thinksheet
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Using Your Senses

Using Your Senses to Figure Things Out Thinksheet
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Social Thinking Vocabulary Kahoot - Online Trivia

Social Thinking Vocabulary Kahoot - Online Trivia
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Free Bookmark

Bookmark - Using Social Thinking Methodology First 6 Weeks of School
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Problem Solving, Flexible Thinking, Connecting Thoughts & Feelings Free Thinksheets

All social learners benefit from metacognitive strategies for social problem solving, flexible thinking, social self-regulation, and social emotional awareness, which are at the heart of our ever-evolving social competencies. This holds true for those on a neurotypical developmental trajectory, as well as for individuals with social learning differences and/or challenges.

Somedays Activity

How to Foster Students’ Flexible Thinking & Advocacy Skills Using Future Thinking: The Somedays Activity

How to Foster Students’ Flexible Thinking & Advocacy Skills Using Future Thinking

Simply ask kids to think about and respond to this prompt: Someday in school, I would like to ___. Students can respond by writing their response, answering the question aloud, or drawing a picture. Each someday goal will likely require flexible thinking, goal setting, interactions with others & opportunities for all students to practice using their voice of advocacy in meaningful ways. Download this free Someday Activity infographic.

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DO ObseRve Thinksheet

Do ObseRve Thinksheet
Use this visual Thinksheet to help support students make transitions across their day—every time they see a door, think DO ObseRve! Read the related article to learn more.


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Making a Smart Guess at Home Thinksheet

Making a Smart Guess at Home
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Thought & Speech Bubble

Thought Bubble and Speech Bubble
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Free Webinars to Support Your School-Age Child

Learn Essential Social Thinking Concepts for Free

Free webinars are presented live by experts in the Social Thinking® Methodology. Core presentations typically run for 60 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A. Browse our entire collection of recorded webinars and soak in all the free information—or explore our hand-picked free webinars to support your school age (ages 5-10) children. Note: Attendees receive a Certificate of Completion, CEs are not provided to attendees for free webinars.

Free Articles to Support Your School-Age Child

Social Thinking is proud to provide an extensive collection of free articles devoted to helping individuals build stronger social awareness and social functioning using the Social Thinking Methodology. Browse our library of 100+ free articles and learn strategies you can start using right away. Or explore below our hand-picked free articles to support your school age (ages 5-10) children. We’re constantly adding material based on the latest research and our evolving client work—so come back often and stay informed!

Free Video Lessons to Use at Home & School

For over 20 years Social Thinking has been a guiding resource for schools, clinics, and families around the world, and we’re here for you, too! 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. Whether you're teaching individuals with ADHD, autism spectrum (levels 1 or 2), social communication disorders, or an entire mainstream class-our strategies can help you help them.


We are clinicians who create quality educational products and services that break down the social emotional learning process to help you teach it. Our methodology fosters social competencies so foundational that our work applies across cultures, ages, races, religions, mental health diagnoses, etc. and is taught in communities around the world. We stand committed to providing quality, practical information that is rooted in research, built upon real-world experiences, and is responsive to the needs of the people who use our methodology. We are constantly learning and gaining inspiration from our clients and others we meet, so our work is ever-evolving yet remains grounded in its adherence to rigorous standards of quality.


In the free videos below our experts share some ideas for using Social Thinking.
Michelle Garcia Winner | MA, CCC-SLP
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
Ryan Hendrix | MS, CCC-SLP
Debbie Meringolo | MA, MS, Educator
Michelle Garcia Winner | MA, CCC-SLP
Ryan Hendrix | MS, CCC-SLP
Ryan Hendrix | MS, CCC-SLP
Beckham Linton | MA, CCC-SLP
Michelle Garcia Winner | MA, CCC-SLP
Nancy Clements | MA, CCC-SLP
Allison King | MS, CCC-SLP

What is Social Thinking?


Strategies to Build Social Competencies

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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