Learning to be socially appropriate comes naturally to a lot of us. For others, it can be seen as a daunting and tricky task. This can lead to isolation and make them easy targets for bullying. Social Thinking® was created by Michelle Garcia Winner to enable those who struggle to learn social skills.
Social Thinking can help with:
Understanding verbal and nonverbal social cues
Understanding and regulating emotions
Fostering and maintaining peer relationships
Working in a group
Understanding a different point of view
Initiating and maintaining conversations
Zac Mu’tamir has been trained under Michelle Garcia Winner in the Social Thinking® Clinical Training Program 1A in Santa Clara, USA.
An outline of Hils Learning’s 3-Stage Social-Emotional Program
Duration of the Program:
3 months for each stage of the program
Two 1-hour sessions per week
STAGE 1: Awareness of Social Cues and Emotions
The main goal of stage 1 is to enable the student to fit in and better navigate the social world by ensuring that they:
Recognize basic emotions;
Are able to observe social surroundings;
Are able to express deeper, more nuanced emotions;
Learn the different unspoken social “rules” that apply in various settings.
STAGE 2: Understanding the Concept of Consequence
The main goal of stage 2 is for the student to learn that their actions have consequences, both positive and negative. The learning objectives of stage 2 include the following:
Understanding the meaning of consequence;
Being aware of their own behavior and that of others;
Understanding the impact of one’s behavior on how others respond to them;
Developing the ability to express feelings related to consequences experienced.
STAGE 3: Behaviour Modification
The main objective of stage 3 is to enable the student to better understand, assess, and navigate a variety of social situations by:
Improving emotional regulation;
Avoiding the escalation of heated situations;
Using different strategies to de-escalate situations;
Learning how to appropriately initiate friendships;
Learning how to maintain existing relationships.