Social Thinking and Me (Two-Book Set)
Whether you’re new to Social Thinking or a veteran in using our materials, Social Thinking and Me is the perfect tool to introduce and teach core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to older elementary school and middle school-age kids (ages 9-13). This two-book set breaks larger and more complicated social concepts down into smaller chunks to make it easier for adults to teach and easier for kids to learn.
What's Great About This Two-Book Set
- No prior knowledge of Social Thinking or teaching our methodology is needed! Can be used by teachers in mainstream or inclusion classrooms, by therapists in individual or small group settings, and by parents as a teaching/learning tool to help kids with social learning.
- Social Thinking and Me uses language that is understandable to both kids and adults, and breaks down complex topics in a way that is clear and manageable to both new and familiar learners of Social Thinking. Its voice is guiding, kid friendly, and sometimes humorous in nature, helping kids let down their guard and feel open to learning concepts that challenge them.
- Provides a deep focus on helping individuals understand their emotions and how their actions affect the emotions of others. The books mindfully work to help kids develop their own “feelings” vocabulary (beyond happy, sad, mad), guide them to begin thinking about their own feelings, and then discuss the feelings of others – such as how certain situations might make others feel, how our actions can impact how others feel and vice versa, and the body language or non-verbal communication associated with different emotions.
- Fits well into any school working to establish a culture of caring and kindness through social and emotional learning (SEL) and/or Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as part of its over-arching school-wide goals. Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts provide foundation thinking skills that align with Common Core and state standards here in the U.S. and educational standards in countries around the world. Created to support your students’ academic and social learning needs!
- Adults will find helpful background information on Social Thinking included in the Thinksheets book, along with teaching tips for maximizing the child’s or student’s learning.
- Thinksheets are like “mini-lesson plans” that help adults work directly and more effectively with a child or group, provide opportunities for meaningful conversation, and give children the practice they need in figuring out how the concepts apply to them.
- Effective for kids with and without a social learning challenge! Even though Social Thinking and Me was written for kids with social challenges (autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, non-verbal learning disorder, and other social emotional/social communication challenges) all individuals, whether or not they have a label/diagnosis, can benefit from learning about Social Thinking concepts.
- Practical and positive set for parents who home-school their children to help kids learn more about their social selves, flexible thinking, perspective taking, self-regulating their behaviour, seeing the big picture, expected/unexpected behaviour when in different situations, etc.
- All 54 thinksheets and other relevant teaching materials included on a handy USB drive that comes with the product. We’ve move away from CDs so files are accessible to everyone with newer computers without DVD drives! Note: The USB drives can be a little tricky to open at first. DOWNLOAD OUR EASY-OPENING INSTRUCTIONS HERE.
What's in the Two-Book Set?
Book 1, "The Kids' Guidebook for Social Emotional Learning" is written in kid-friendly language with cool illustrated pictures. In each of the 11 chapters, kids are introduced to new Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts that help them think through the behavioural expectations embedded in social situations. Alongside the concepts, the book also offers strategies that give kids the tools needed to solve social problems or figure out ways to act in expected ways in different social situations. At the end of each chapter is a "pointer" that sends the reader over to the Thinksheets book, where children and adults find mini-lesson plans in the form of thinksheets that help them explore these new social concepts in true-to-life scenarios and situations to help them connect to their own experiences. The guidebook is written for kids to use under the guidance of an adult.
Chapters cover essential Social Thinking concepts including:
- What is Social Thinking
- Social Thinking = Flexible Thinking
- We All Have Feelings
- Thinking With Your Eyes
- Thinking About the Hidden Rules and Expected Behaviour
- Keeping my Body, Eyes, Ears, and Brain in the Group
- Thinking of Others vs Just Me
- How Big is My Problem?
- Thinking About My Reaction Size
- Doing An Activity or Just Hanging Out
At the end of each chapter is a “pointer” that sends the reader over to the Thinksheets book, where they work through thinksheets to help them explore and practice these new social concepts in true-to-life scenarios and situations.
Book 2, "Social Thinking and Me Thinksheets for Social Emotional Learning", provides comprehensive instructions to adults on how to use the two books as a curriculum. This book also houses over 50 thinksheets - 54 to be precise! - that expand on the concepts introduced in the kids' guidebook. Each thinksheet is tied to and supports a specific chapter from the guidebook and helps kids learn to better understand how the concepts relate to them in their everyday lives. There are a minimum of three thinksheets per chapter to encourage conversation and provide the practice kids need in figuring out how the concepts from the kids' guidebook apply to them.
- An introduction to Social Thinking
- Why it’s important in helping children learn to think about and navigate social situations
- The social-academic connection
- How to teach the concepts and chapters
- A glossary of the Social Thinking Vocabulary
- Letter to parents/caregivers that educators can use
Both books are meant to be used under the guidance of an adult (parent, teacher, clinician, etc.) so that kids and adults can engage in the thinking process together. The books are also meant to be used by all stakeholders on the child’s team to ensure that everyone is on the same page with the concepts taught and learning is carried over into all environments. Together, the two-book set is a powerhouse of social knowledge to teach children valuable Social Thinking concepts that will help them transition into the more socially-complex and socially-demanding middle and high school grades.
Ties into Other Social Thinking Products for Younger and Older Kids
This two-book set can stand on its own to teach Social Thinking to all students in grades 4-7 as part of a school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) initiative. It also pairs beautifully with other Social Thinking books and games for that age range.
Using our Superflex curriculum with your 3rd – 5th graders? This is a perfect “next step” as kids age up and out of Superflex. You can jump right into Social Thinking and Me to keep students learning about Social Thinking concepts and to deepen their understanding of working in a group, hanging out with friends, figuring out expected/ unexpected behaviour, and being a better social problem solver. When using You Are a Social Detective, the Superflex curriculum and Social Thinking and Me in sequence, you have a scope and sequence of helping students learn about themselves and others, all while learning to self-regulate their own behaviour.
If kids are older and new to Social Thinking, you can start with Social Thinking and Me and then move into books and products for our middle school population, including Social Fortune or Social Fate or our fun educational game that builds perspective-taking skills: Should I or Shouldn’t I? Middle/High School Edition
Authors: Michelle Garcia Winner,Linda K. Murphy