Kids Communicate uses the teaching framework called Social Thinking®
Social Thinking focuses on helping kids figure out how to think in social situations. Kids are taught to observe and think about their own and others’ thoughts and feelings. They also learn the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
The idea is that kids need to develop social “thinking” before they can use social “skills.” The focus on thinking can help kids understand how to interact more effectively with others.
Social Thinking is designed for ages 4 years of age and older. The teaching framework is geared for people with average to above average language and cognitive skills. Its concepts and strategies are used to help with:
- Social learning and attention issues. These include nonverbal learning disabilities and ADHD. Social Thinking is often used with kids who have high-functioning autism.
- Trouble picking up on social cues such as facial expressions and body language.
- Difficulty listening or working in a group.
Social Thinking materials break down social concepts and so adults can convey them in ways that make sense to kids. For example, kids aren’t simply told to “make eye contact.” Instead, they learn about “thinking with your eyes”—that people’s eyes are sources of information. By following someone’s eyes, kids can get “clues” about what that person is thinking or might do next.
Kids may work on other social concepts, too. They may learn how to figure out and follow the group plan and about whether their body and brain are in sync or out of sync with the group. They may learn about making a smart guess or figuring out the “hidden rules” and what is expected or unexpected behavior.
Once kids are taught these concepts, they learn how to apply them to different situations. Social Thinking materials and teaching strategies are aligned with a child’s “level of the social mind.” They are also aligned, to some extent, with age.
Contact us to enquire about upcoming social skills groups at Kids Communicate