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Empowering social learners to reach their social, academic, career & life goals

We can help you unpack the social world and engage tweens & teens

For more than 25 years, Social Thinking® has been at the forefront of teaching developmental social competencies—helping tweens & teens unpack the social world to guide and support their social emotional and organizational learning and development.

 

What’s that mean? Given that social information is rarely explained directly, it can be confusing for social learners to make sense of what’s going on around them from both a social and an organizational perspective. Within the Social Thinking Methodology, we focus on teaching these concepts through the use of explicit treatment frameworks and strategies to help all people better navigate to regulate in the social world based on what they want for themselves.

 

We know how to unpack the social world and engage tweens & teens in developing strategies for observing and interpreting social information and then deciding how to act and react in ways that move them toward their social goals. Learning and using these social strategies helps foster development of their executive functions, self-regulation, stress & anxiety management, and other social and organizational competencies. As a trusted interventionist, you can help guide them toward reaching their social, academic, career, and life goals. We want to share much of what they've taught us as we continue on our learning journey as well!

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What’s Alexithymia? and How Does It Affect Emotional Regulation and Awareness?

Understanding One’s Feelings to Foster Emotional Regulation at School & Home

What is alexithymia? It refers to challenges in developing awareness of one’s feelings, identifying, and distinguishing them from other physical sensations—and it’s gaining interest in the research, schools, and clinical arenas. Educators and parents have reported an increase in overall “regulation” challenges in the classroom, on the playground, and during small group activities. We’ll highlight select key aspects of emotional awareness and regulation and its role in perspective taking. Specifically, we’ll explore how alexithymia can impact the building blocks for spontaneous perspective taking across all contexts. We will suggest practical strategies to increase awareness of feelings within the perspective-taking process to use within the classroom, school, community, and home.
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1.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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Social Life Skills

5 Critical Life Skills for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults

That Often Remain Untaught

Tweens, teens, and young adults are expected to naturally develop social and organizational competencies needed in school and across their lives. However, students with social learning and organized thinking differences (e.g., ADHD, twice exceptional, expressive receptive language, sensory processing, autism spectrum levels 1 and 2, etc.) may not intuitively learn these concepts and skills. This course will explore 5 critical life skills related to social emotional learning and organized thinking that can and should be directly addressed and taught to students & clients ages 11-22 in our homes, schools, and clinics. We’ll also review a variety of explicit metacognitive frameworks and practical strategies for teaching and learning these critical social competencies.
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Conversation & Social Connection

Small Talk & Conversations

Strategies to Demystify Conversational Complexities

Small talk and conversations are dynamic, and we cannot create reliable scripts for how they will unfold. We can, however, increase our students' awareness of why we engage in social exchanges such as small talk. In this online course, we will unpack the complexities of small talk and conversation. We’ll break these down into their component parts to build strategies that support engagement in initial and ongoing social connection for children, teens, and adults.
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Friendship & Relationship Development

What’s a Friend, and Do I Really Need Friends?

Tips & Strategies to Make and Keep Friends, Unpack Social Dislikes & Manage Social Anxiety

The ability to make and keep a friend is something most of us take for granted. However, when it’s hard to make a friend or a friendship dissolves into dislikes, it’s important to have metacognitively based concepts and strategies to help us engage to meet our own personal goals. In this livestream-recorded online training, we’ll unpack different aspects of peer-based relations, from friendship to dislike, and provide practical strategies and perspective-taking activities to encourage student motivation to continue to develop increasingly complex relational social competencies as they age.
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3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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Self-Regulation

What’s It Mean to “Behave”?

Tips, Tools & Strategies for Teaching Students Self-Regulation

When what a student says or does (actions or reactions) is out of sync with what the group is doing, they’re often labeled as a “behavior problem.” We’ll rethink “behavior problems” by teaching lessons that promote development of social competencies, including the power of hidden expectations, as well as other self-regulation strategies for use in the classroom, playground, and home.
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3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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Tweens & Teens

Part 1: How Can We Help Teens When They Want Us to Go Away?

Series Name: Exploring the Unique Needs of Teens Who Are Developing Social Self-Awareness

In this first part of a two-part series, we discuss teens’ expectations for working on social emotional self-regulation skills. We explore how to help students deemed “oppositional or resistant” to active participation in sessions. We also review how education and employment laws in the USA change when children turn 18 years old.
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Tweens & Teens

Part 2: Choosing Social Strategies to Take Charge of One’s Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions

Series Name: Exploring the Unique Needs of Teens Who Are Developing Social Self-Awareness

In this second part of a two-part series, we examine the role of executive functions, social emotional learning, and use of metacognitive strategies when helping students learn how to meet their own goals. Concepts related to social conformity, boredom management, and fostering autonomy and motivation by developing one’s own self-management and public relations campaigns are explored.
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Friendship & Relationship Development

Flirting, Dating & Maintaining Relationships: How Do You Teach This?

In this course, we will address a range of topics including but not limited to culture, religion, pornography and the law, and emerging sexuality for neurodivergent social learners—especially those on the autism spectrum. We will show practical lessons developed with input from neurodivergent clients and students with different social learning styles as they established their own social relationship goals.
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Executive Functioning

Part 1: How Do We Get Things Done?

Series Name: Fostering the Development of Executive Functions

Organizational skills for homework and classwork start with organized thinking. In this first of a two-part series, we explore three critical and fascinating aspects involving how every individual engages in organized thinking and then explore the process of identifying goals, creating action plans, and developing metacognitively based strategies to help our children, students, or clients get things done.
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Executive Functioning

Part 2: Finding One’s Motivation to Tackle Many Moving Parts of Any Assignment

Series Name: Fostering the Development of Executive Functions

This second part of a two-part series is an exploration of metacognitive strategies to help students find their motivation, learn about time prediction, prioritize their workload, and track multiple assignments simultaneously. We explore the importance of perspective taking and how we can help.
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All About Emotions

Part 1: Helping Students Gain Perspective on Their Emotions

Series Name: The Power of Emotions: Strategies to Fuel Self-Regulation, Learning, and Communication

In this first part of a four-part series, we explore how our emotions are central to our social competencies, executive functions, and self-regulation. Emotions are our brain’s powerhouse; they can help fuel motivation or derail us. We investigate how negative emotions are processed differently than positive emotions and how emotions are the cornerstone of each person's memories, both good and not so great. Learn strategies to help students unpack their daily emotional experiences.

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All About Emotions

Part 2: Learning about Shame, Pride, and Pathways toward Social Emotional Self-Regulation

Series Name: The Power of Emotions: Strategies to Fuel Self-Regulation, Learning, and Communication

In this second part of a four-part series, we explore the special role of self-conscious emotions, such as pride and shame. We explore how to help social learners take command of their brain by learning metacognitive strategies to foster development of social competencies and motivation to build and sustain relationships. A case study illustrates how we worked with a teen to develop the desire and strategies to make friends while he actively boasted “I am the most hated kid in school, and I love it!”

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All About Emotions

Part 3: Emotions Guide Meaning Making and Language to Relate

Series Name: The Power of Emotions: Strategies to Fuel Self-Regulation, Learning, and Communication

This third part of our four-part series on the power of emotions explores how emotions are embedded within academic standards. Social emotional navigation is a crucial ingredient for teamwork, both in school and in the 21st-century workforce. Practical strategies about perspective taking accompany the social investigation into how each child, student or client reads each other’s intentions, what each individual wants from the other as they relate, and how collectively, individuals sync their emotions as part of our narrative language. This is a fascinating day! As you learn to help the individuals you live or work with, you will also learn a lot about yourself.
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All About Emotions

Part 4: Learning to Manage One’s Anxieties while Developing Social Competencies

Series Name: The Power of Emotions: Strategies to Fuel Self-Regulation, Learning, and Communication

In this fourth of our four-part series, we spotlight the Social Operating Systems: exploring the power of one’s inner voice, developing awareness and management of one’s own social anxiety, and differentiating between social success and “failure,” while also learning, step by step, how to relate to peers. We demystify the power of small talk and show how to encourage an individual’s motivation by validating their progress to help them manage their vulnerabilities. The course is packed with practical strategies!
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Resilience & Tenacity

Defining 7 Aspects of Tenacity & Exploring Strategies for Social Problem Solving

Dr. Robert Brooks, clinical psychologist and author, will define seven core elements of resilience and tenacity, as well as discuss strategies to support their development. Using visual supports and frameworks from the Social Thinking Methodology, Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke will focus on ways to help individuals better engage in social problem solving with their chosen mentors to encourage ongoing resilience and tenacity.
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Executive Functioning

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, SLP, MA-CCC 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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Tele-Education

Creative Strategies for Teaching Social Thinking in Schools, Clinics, Homes and Through Tele-Education

From its inception, aspects of the Social Thinking® Methodology were designed to travel between time, space, and people—with explicit language-based frameworks and vocabulary as the vehicle that transports us. Many of the Social Thinking materials use the school environment as the backdrop for teaching these concepts and strategies for deeper social emotional learning. During this keynote, a series of presenters from our Social Thinking Training & Speakers’ Collaborative, including Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke, will present different ideas about how to use and teach these core concepts and strategies in the clinical setting, through tele-education, and how to coach parents to use them in their homes.
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Allison King | MS, CCC-SLP
Social Thinking San Jose, Clinical Director

Everyone has thoughts! How do we know what other people are thinking? How can we let other people know what we are thinking about? How do we get thoughts from one brain to another? The only way to do it is to bridge your brains!

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