Social Thinking®

Does my child/do I need Social Thinking®?

Does your child have difficulty…
  • being flexible?
  • socially fitting in?
  • making/keeping friends?
  • starting/having conversations?
  • understanding other points of view?
  • understanding the thoughts of others?
  • interpreting body language/facial expressions?
  • getting along at lunch and recess?
  • fitting in when in group situations?
  • reading with comprehension?

Does your child…
  • know the rules but doesn't apply it to himself?
  • make the same social mistakes over and over?
  • lack the awareness that he/she has social difficulties?

Has your child….
  • had limited success in other "social skills" groups?"

If you answered "yes" to any of these, then you should consider finding out more about "Social
Thinking®" and the "Bend Your Brain" approach to social development and learning.
What is Social Thinking®?

"Social Thinking® is a way of approaching social difficulties developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, a speech/language pathologist in the 1990's ( It is built on the premise that changing how one thinks will cause a change in social behavior. This is not just providing students with the rules. The students usually already know the rules. They just don't apply it to themselves.

Social Thinking® and other related ideas are the missing pieces to social difficulties. It teaches:
  • why and how you should say or do things, not just what to say
  • perspective taking (thinking about others)
  • flexibility ("bending your brain")
  • you to look at the big picture (not the unimportant details)
  • why thinking about others is important
  • people have positive or negative thoughts about you based upon what you say/do

These then encourage generalization to other environments. We have outings such as bowling, parties, gardening, and cooking to encourage this as well.
Who are social thinking students?
  • from age 4 years - adult
  • have near average to above average IQ
  • may/may not have a diagnosis
  • are verbal
  • have social learning difficulties
  • may/may not score well on formal language testing
  • are committed to attend groups consistently
What are the Social Thinking® Groups?

  • 2-4 students in a group
  • Weekly 50 minute sessions, 10 minute parent meeting
  • Students are grouped based upon social thinking levels, NOT diagnoses
  • Sessions are based upon the needs of each individual group, NOT rote lessons
  • Each child has individualized objectives
  • Specific vocabulary is taught for home and school use
  • Parental involvement/parent workshops
  • Outings such as parties, bowling, gardening, cooking, community work, going out to restaurants for fun and generalization
  • Contact with school and other professionals is always available
  • Parents are encouraged to call/email input to be used as part of group lessons
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