In the first book in Social Thinking and Me, Kids' Guidebook for Social Emotional Learning, kids are introduced to Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts that help them figure out what’s “expected” in different social contexts. Additionally, strategies are taught to give kids the tools needed to solve social problems. Concepts are explained using age-relevant social situations, cool illustrated pictures, and lots of group discussions that can aid each student on their journey to becoming a better social thinker. At the end of each chapter in book 1, expand and personalize the lesson by using the related thinksheets found in book 2!
The Kids’ Guidebook is not meant to be read all at once, as many of the concepts/units take time to learn and work through. And even though it’s written in language that’s kid-friendly, the book is meant to be read and worked through first with an adult. Once the initial review has been completed and children are familiar with the concepts introduced in each chapter, they can revisit chapters or read them on their own. The language explored in each chapter can then be used in the classroom, home and community to help kids self-monitor and self-regulate their social selves based on what they are figuring out about the situation and the people around them!
Chapters cover essential Social Thinking concepts including:
· What is Social Thinking
· Social Thinking = Flexible Thinking
· We All Have Feelings
· Thinking With Your Eyes
· Thinking About the Hidden Rules and Expected Behavior
· Keeping my Body, Eyes, Ears, and Brain in the Group
· Thinking of Others vs Just Me
· How Big is My Problem?
· Thinking About My Reaction Size
· Doing an Activity or Just Hanging Out