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Book Review: Social Thinking at Work

January 2, 2012 in Book Review, Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

“Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care,” by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke is a game changer. This book provides practical advice to every adult whether you are on the Autism Spectrum, Neurotypical (NT), or somewhere in between on how to navigate the social intricacies involved with the workplace. I have long held the opinion that the ability to socialize and get along with people is as important to creating a successful career as being good at your job. Thus, success very often requires a combination of academic intelligence and social intelligence. Social Thinking at Work creates a roadmap for those individuals with weaknesses in social intelligence to “better understand the expectations of the social mind.” According to Michelle and Pamela, “Our goal is to make information explicit by breaking down and defining how the social mind works, and how it’s linked to social-emotional and behavioral expectations.” Read the rest of this entry →

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The Social Thinking – Social Communication Profile

February 10, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

My wife, Dennise, and I have become huge fans of the work that is taking place at Social Thinking.  Our first introduction to their work was last year when Dennise saw Pamela Crooke speak at a conference.  She came home excited about what she had heard and right away wanted to learn more.  About a month after that conference we attended my son’s annual IEP and the first thing we talked about coincidently was Social Thinking’s, “You are a Social Detective”.  So when I had a chance to see the creator of Social Thinking, Michelle Garcia Winner, speak last weekend at an Autism Conference I jumped at the chance.    

If you ever have the opportunity to see Michelle speak I highly recommend it.  Her speaking technique is very engaging:  I’d call it a mix of knowledge, experience, humor, storytelling and most of all frank and honest statements. Read the rest of this entry →

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Thoughtful Inclusion

December 18, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I was recently asked to write about the social skills kids need to have acquired to benefit more fully from an integrated setting. While this is a huge question I will write some basic thoughts on this concept.

Many of you who are familiar with my work know that I talk about the social complexities of the classroom learning environment. While we often only teach social skills for the context of playing or conversing the reality is that students use social thinking and related social skills every moment they are around people including more structured environments like classrooms. While I know our political education plan is quick to advocate the inclusion of all kids into “integrated” settings as much as possible, I encourage “thoughtful inclusion” rather than making blanket statements that “all kids should be included”. Read the rest of this entry →

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Teaching Children with Special Needs How to Become a Social Detective

December 14, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

When I was at my son’s IEP last week, his Recreational Therapist brought in a book that she uses to help with his socialization skills in school.  It’s called “You are a Social Detective” Explaining Social Skills to Kids.  The authors of the book are Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke.  They are specialists for people who have Social Learning Challenges as well as Speech and Language Pathologists; we recently posted an article written by them called Social Thinking and Applied Behavior AnalysisRead the rest of this entry →

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Social Thinking and Applied Behavior Analysis

December 12, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

There is a tendency when exploring treatment options to build walls and think in the black and white.  As we have moved from developing treatment with people with classical autism to exploring and developing treatments for the entire autism spectrum and related disabilities, we have to shift from thinking there is one way to treat by embracing a range of approaches to better meet the range of challenges our students and adults experience across the “spectrum.” Read the rest of this entry →

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