Thursday, June 30, 2011

Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner

What is Social Thinking®?

Social thinking is a term for social cognition. Successful social thinkers consider the points of view, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, prior knowledge and intentions of others (this is often called perspective-taking - considering the perspectives of others).

Social thinking can be a challenge for individuals with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning autism, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorders and others with social and communicative challenges.

While most of us develop our communication skills as we grow up, many people have great difficulties with this process. Difficulties with learning and applying social information is often considered a social learning disability.

Over a decade ago, Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, coined the term Social Thinking and developed the related treatment approach for individuals with high-functioning autism, Asperger's and similar challenges. In 2008, she received an award of Special Congressional Recognition for her on-going innovation of the Social Thinking curriculum and treatment approach. The SERC Library has many of her wonderful resources!

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