The concept of social thinking was developed by speech-language pathologist, Michelle Garcia Winner in the mid 1990’s.
The company Social Thinking was founded soon after as a small clinic that has since evolved into a social-emotional learning program used in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world.
Social thinking therapy is designed to help parents, professionals and other stakeholders teach individuals with solid language and learning abilities, ages 4 through the lifespan, develop their social competencies. It’s mission is to help individuals live happier, more meaningful lives through social skills development to help them meet personal social goals. Educational products and services are designed to break down the social learning process and teach these skills through practical and engaging ways.
Social thinking is said to be the process of interpreting information to better understand and respond to another person’s experience. By understanding the thoughts, actions, emotions, beliefs, intentions and knowledge of another person, individuals are better able to engage and share space with them. It is also referred to as our meaning maker as it helps us to understand the deeper meaning behind others behavior and actions and prompts us with how to respond if the situation calls for it. A person’s social skills and development have a considerable affect on relationships and workplace/school success as it affects a person’s; self-awareness and self-regulation, social skills, critical thinking, play skills, social problem solving, perspective taking, organization skills, ability to learn and work in groups, reading comprehension and written expression.
The goal of Social Thinking is to provide quality and practical information built on real world experiences and rooted in research.
Social thinking therapy is recommended by many professionals across disciplines and highlights the fundamental idea that social skills development directly impacts how other individuals think about us, how we think about others, and finally how we think about ourselves.
Key elements of social thinking
- Our meaning maker
- The social emotional chain reaction is the foundation of social thinking
- Methodology that evolves over time to reflect current thought and change culture
- Develop areas of social self-awareness, self-regulation, theory of mind, perspective taking, executive functioning, social skills, organizational systems, social-emotional understanding, reading comprehension, written expression and more
- Link to learn more about social thinking.
Link to the Blog Post, Social Communication Disorder.