Social Thinking and Me (The Kids' Guidebook for Social Emotional Learning)
"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.
Ties into Other Social Thinking Products for Younger and Older Kids
This book 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