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Social Thinking


Christie Sebesta

on 11 August 2013

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Transcript of Social Thinking

Social Thinking
What is Social Thinking?
"Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions." -Michelle Garcia Winner

For most individuals, this occurs naturally and is learned as we grow into adults.
Michelle Garcia Winner
Created a treatment curriculum and framework for addressing Social Thinking

She has created and written books, trainings, workshops and materials to help teach social communication skills to children and adults who have some form of social communication disorder
Framework designed to explain the multiple skills and concepts we must understand and react to have a good interaction with someone
Who Does This Work With?
Any and all age groups
Designed for individuals with near normal or above normal verbal intelligence and relatively strong expressive language
For some individuals, understanding and using social thinking may be challenging. This can include individuals with autism spectrum disorders or other social communication disorders
Initiation of Communication
The process of asking for help and joining into a group for social interaction
Listening with Eyes and Brain
The use of multiple senses to focus on what is being said, how it is being said, and the best next steps to continue interaction
Understanding Perspective
Theory of Mind used to consider yours and others: emotions, thoughts, knowledge, experiences, and beliefs.
Getting the Big Picture
Listening and understanding the main concept rather than focusing on the details of what is being said
Humor and Human Relatedness
Using compassion to help individuals use humor appropriately and encourage bonding with others emotionally
Abstract and Inferential Communication
Understanding both the figurative and literal meanings of what is being said and listening for motives and intentions.
Michelle's groundbreaking treatment strategies evolved from her early work with "classically autistic" students, to working in public schools, to running her own private clinic founded in 1998.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Connection
Social Thinking is relatively new but has been linked to strategies such as Social stories, 5-point scale, Hidden Curriculum, and other Social Cognition strategies.
Implementation is about Understanding the Steps
Steps of Perspective Taking
You are near me but I have little thought of you and you have little thought of me
I wonder why you are near me
I wonder what you think of me
I monitor and modify my behavior so that you will keep thinking of me the way I think you are thinking of me
Steps of Communication
Thinking about others and what they think of me
Establishing physical presence
Thinking with our eyes
Using Language to relate to others
Checklist for EBP
Think of a stoplight
Green= Meets it
Yellow= Depends or
not completely
Red= Does not meet
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