SOCIAL THINK TANKS WORKSHOP

WHO should attend: Parents/Caregivers of kids with Social Communication difficulties
COST: This workshop is free – we only require a $5 fee to reserve your place as space is limited.
WHEN: Periodically offered throughout the year. Contact us to request ongoing notification of upcoming workshops.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW:

This 90 minute workshop will offer tangible and easily applicable strategies and language for families to engage in their social thinker’s experience. Social skills therapy is a collaborative effort involving social thinkers, families, and therapists. The Clubhouse speech/language pathologists will present an overview of our social think tanks, discuss the connection between social thinking and critical learning, introduce concrete language for abstract and complex situations, and offer applicable strategies to incorporate into your daily routines.

WHAT IS SOCIAL THINKING?

“Social Thinking” is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner which describes the ability to consider your own and others’ thoughts, emotions, beliefs, intentions, knowledge, and experiences to help interpret and respond to the information in your mind through your social behavioral interactions. Basically, social thinking is the way people figure out how to ‘share space’ with others whether they are interacting or not.

WHY DO WE CARE?

Everything we do behaviorally affects how people think and feel about us.

Typical social development is a snowball which increases in size throughout the school years.  There is a direct relationship between maturity in social learning and the critical thinking used in classrooms, homes, playgrounds, and in the core curriculum requirements for academic learning.

WHO BENEFITS?

Some people intuitively understand how to think socially… others need to be explicitly taught.

Our “socially sluggish” may not have a formal diagnosis…. They may just appear somewhat out of step with their peers. Some might be academically gifted.  Others may have a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum, Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without hyperactivity), or Non Verbal Learning Disorder.  People who benefit from social thinking therapy may be adults, teens, middle or elementary school age.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Whatever the age, whatever the diagnosis…

Social skills are necessary to function within society and the academic curriculum.  Diagnostic labels do not lead to clear treatment pathways. Whether learning to “think about me” or struggling with nuanced communicative strategy… it is important for families and professionals to meet each individual social thinker where they are in order to support their continued social maturity. We like to think of social skills therapy in a collaborative way, a partnership between social thinkers, their family, and therapists.  We’ve developed three social think tanks.

Contact us to request ongoing notification of upcoming workshops