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Social Communication Toolbox

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Kit Nau

on 27 November 2017

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Transcript of Social Communication Toolbox

Stay organized
Tool Box for Success

Plan ahead
File handouts and papers
Five Point Scale

Steps to Learning

Boring Moments

Sensory Organization
Retell leading to Inferential Language
Following Directions
Flexible Thinking
Superflex Thinking:
Flexible thinking pattern in which a person is able to consider different points of view or ways to do something.
Rockbrain Thinking:
A rigid thinking pattern in which a person gets stuck on an idea and has difficulty considering other options or ways to do something.
When was a time you used Rock Brain thinking?
Describe what happened and how it affected others.
What do you think would have happened if you would have used Superflex thinking instead?
How would this have changed what others thought or felt about you?
How can using Superflex thinking affect your zone?
Size of Problem
Five is Against the Law
People see and think about things differently: Perspective Taking
Social boundary blunder::
Understanding social boundaries is important
because you can get into trouble, or
unintentionally lose a friend if you get it wrong

Against the Law
4 Scary behavior
3 Odd behavior
2 Reasonable behavior
1 Very informal social behavior
As you get older, the behaviors
can become more scary.
Example: If a 2 year old goes up to his friend and touches his hair, it would be thought of as a 2. If a middle schooler went up and touched a girls hair in the hall, it could be a 5!
Why does the rating change?
You are not in it alone.

Sunni Brown
Doodlers Unite
Makes person nervous and worried about people around them.
May ‘hit a wall’ and stop talking to all the people nearby

Close eyes and take deep breaths
Find a thought that can change how you feel.

Worry Wall

Constantly moving around
Doesn’t think about what other people around him needs
Can work together with Wasfunnyonce and take the entire class off topic

Whole body listening
Check in with your eyes and see what the group is doing
Take a couple of breaths

Energy Hare-y

Make person think the worst even when they are being nice

Self-talk: “I’m being negative. Think positive.”


Gets upset over tiny problems
Usually thinks things aren’t fair

Identify size of problem
Move away and relax
Self-Talk: “I am being negative. What could be a positive way to think about it?”

Glass Man

Stops person from showing interest

Look at person
Listen to topic
Social wonder question
Wh questions


Not stay with group
Turns body away

Use eyes to think of group
Point shoulders to group
Self – talk: “Where should my body be?”

Body Snatcher

Only do what he wants
Will not negotiate
Not a good problem solver with only one solution
Very rule bound and rigid

Take a deep breath and remember to be part of the group.
Look around at others to see the plan
Self-talk: “Not a problem. I will be flexible.”

Rock Brain

Madrigal & Garcia-Winner.
Superflex...A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum

Superflex and the Unthinkables
The ‘Powers’ they have over our brains and the strategies to overcome them

Talking about self
Talks about topic of interest and not what others want to talk about

Talk about other things
Friend files
Look for clues that others are interested in what you are saying.
Are they bored, trying to change the topic, looking away?

One-Sided Sid

A lot of humor but uses it too much
Not recognize ‘timing’
Makes whole group off topic

Self-talk: “Is now a silly moment or
a serious moment?
Check on ‘timing’.”


Takes topic off
Goes on and on
Not understand that others bored

Check in with others
Do they look interested
Ask them a question
Turn off the ‘me’ button

Topic Twister Meister

Body in other peoples space

One arm rule

Space Invader

Too competitive
Only does what he wants to do
Does not compromise

Self talk: “If I am Just Me player, then my friends will not have a good time.”
Self talk: “Tiny problem. I will still get a turn.”

D.O.F. The Destroyer of Fun

Hard to focus on what he is doing or what others are doing.
Gets easily distracted by own thoughts

Turn your body and eyes away from distraction.
Use a fidget to keep your body busy but your brain focused on group.

Brain Eater

Totally flexible!
Trying to figure out people’s wants and needs.
Keeps us calm
Can problem solve


The little Red fish swam in the deep blue water. It saw a
sleek shark. The scared fish hid under a rock. The shark
swam by.
Eels are long, thin fish. They look like snakes. Eels live in rocks in the ocean. They hide just inside the safe holes. When a small fish swims near, the eel is waiting with his sharp teeth.
The miller ant has a special job to do for its nest. He has a huge head with powerful jaws. He grinds grain into smaller bits. After the harvest season is over, the other ants bite the miller's head off so they don't have to feed it. Then the colony eats up the grain until the next harvest season when new millers are born.
The gecko is a small lizard that lives in warm dry regions such as the American Southwest. It is primarily active at night when it crawls on rocks and walls hunting for insects to eat. When attacked, the gecko will distract the predator by wiggling its tail back and forth. As the predator nears, the lizard can detach itstill wiggling tail leaving the gecko to run free and later regenerate a new tail.
Eight Arms and a Brain
With eight long arms and a large round head, the octopus may look odd, but he is one of the smartest creatures of the sea. In labs, scientists have watched them solve mazes and unscrew lids off jars full of food. When kept in aquariums, they have been known to escape their own tanks and sneak into other tanks to eat the fish. In the wild, some have even been known to climb aboard fishing boats and open holds full of crabs. When he is not looking for food, an actopus can squeeze into an empty shell or a crack in a rock, to rest and hide.
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