Social Thinking

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Being social is something that is incredibly important in all aspects of life. As children grow the ability to be able to communicate with others becomes increasingly important as the individual moves into the adult world and ultimately into the workplace.

Learning to be social has come naturally to a lot of us. For children on the autism spectrum it can be seen as a daunting and tricky task. Social Thinking was created by Michelle Garcia Winner to help these children learn the social skills needed to help them not only interact with others, but to also help them learn how to create and maintain social relationships. It focuses on teaching the child how to understand others thoughts and perspectives while at the same time teaching them how to actually communicate in different social contexts. Social Thinking also looks at how to deal with the anxiety associated with social situations and uses a variety of different sources to help individuals cope with it. It is a flexible curriculum that can be used at all different ages, even adults.

The overall goal of Social Thinking is to help individuals learn to cope with social situations and to be able to regulate themselves when they are eventually in the adult world.

Social Thinking can help with:

  • Understanding verbal and nonverbal social cues
  • Fostering and maintaining peer relationships
  • Working in a group
  • Comprehension abilities
  • Understanding another person’s point of view
  • Initiating and maintaining conversations
  • Understanding and regulating emotions

Tunku Harris Mohamed Bin Tunku Mu’tamir (BSc Psychology Hons. and Diploma in Special Needs) has been trained under Michelle Garcia Winner in the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program 1A in Santa Clara, USA.