Social Thinking

  • Social thinking is the ability to think socially. It "refers to a process we all go through in our mind as we try to make sense or our own and others' thoughts, feelings, and intentions in context, whether we are co-existing, actively interacting, or figuring out what is happening from a distance" (Michelle Garcia Winner). Social norms come naturally for some, but for others, they have to be taught directly. Maybe it is getting someone to read body language to know when they are too close to you or make you feel uncomfortable, or when something is repeatedly done for a laugh, but it is not actually funny or it was funny at one point, but the joke is over. Understanding social cues and norms helps us build relationships with others and makes us feel like we belong in the group.  

    On this page, you will find new skills to work on covering various topics that include books, activities or additional resources. Have fun and think social!

      1. Listening and Following Directions
        Book Recommendation: The Worst Day of My Life Ever by Julia Cook
        Video Clip: Sesame Street—Cookie Monster
        Additional Resources: Games for Kids

      2. Size of the Problem
        Video Clip
        Read Aloud by Mrs. Tammy Godino, Hance Elementary School Counselor

      3. Perspective Taking
        Video Clip