What is Social Thinking®?

Social Thinking®, coined by Michelle Garcia Winner, is an essential program for building social awareness. It teaches children how to read hidden intentions and non-verbal cues, understand abstract and inferential language, use perspective taking, and Gestalt processing (understanding the big picture in a given situation). Rather than teaching students specific skills, Social Thinking encourages the children to process WHY the skills should be demonstrated. It emphasizes the process of thinking about the way one wants to be perceived and then adjusting behavior choices in order to help impact people’s thoughts. It is rare that any two social scenarios are exactly alike. If a child is able to think about the environment around them, the person they are interacting with, and consistently analyze how his or her behavior impacts others, that student will be more successful at monitoring his or her social behavior.

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