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Superflex Takes on Glassman and the Team of Unthinkables

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Stephanie Madrigal Michelle Garcia Winner

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  • Ages: 7-10+
  • Pages: 67
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780979292293
  • Published: 2009

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Superflex Takes On Glassman and the Team of Unthinkables introduces readers to a very persistent and sneaky Unthinkable* (we are officially changing Unthinkables to UnthinkaBots over the course of 2021-22) named Glassman who causes people to have large reactions to small problems (or, shatter like a pane of glass). In the story, Aiden’s classmates are regularly visited by Glassman and have large reactions to small problems. Superflex to the rescue! The kids learn strategies from the Superflex Academy to figure out the size of the problem and the expected reaction size, and use calming self-talk and other strategies to find their Superflex inside and defeat Glassman! Short quizzes pop up throughout the book.


This engaging book is part of our Superflex series, which is designed to help children learn about their own and others’ thoughts and behaviors, and practice strategies for self-regulation across a variety of situations. As kids learn strategies to defeat the Unthinkables and unexpected behavior, they strengthen their flexible thinking and are better able to self-regulate in challenging times.


Recommended Teaching & Learning Pathway

Glassman Learning Pathway

New to the world of Superflex? Explore what it’s all about in this article, and learn strategies for teaching self-awareness and self-regulation in our Superflex On Demand series . Before sharing this book with children, parents and educators need to start at the beginning, introduce core concepts, and work through the Superflex curriculum. Books should be introduced in this order:



Once kids have reached this point, you can choose from an array of Superflex products to teach depending on the concepts your kids need to work on. To dive deeper into strategies for figuring out the size of the problem and the expected reaction size, for example, move on to the books listed below. Buy them individually or as part of a discounted set!




 

*Name Change from the Team of Unthinkables to the Team of UnthinkaBots


We have officially changed the name of the Team of Unthinkables to the Team of UnthinkaBots. The Superflex curriculum was born in 2008, and over its lifetime we have relied on input and ideas from clients, students, families, teachers, and therapists in both the neurodivergent and neurotypical worlds. Using their feedback and our own clinical experience, we have refined the curriculum series to include Thinkables, expand the characters in Social Town, and add the You Are a Social Detective, 2nd edition, storybook as a way to welcome social learners into the Superflex Universe. Recently, while meeting with neurodivergent adults, we discovered that the concept behind the creation of the Unthinkables was misunderstood and, at times, misused in classrooms and clinics by having certain Unthinkables represent children or people, rather than specific thoughts or actions.


To encourage interventionists to use these concepts in the manner intended, we are changing the name of Unthinkables to UnthinkaBots. With this new name, social learners can now imagine the Bots that try to control some of our thoughts and actions. For example, Was Funny Once releases SillyBots to get us to use humor at unexpected times and in unexpected situations. We all can learn to tackle the SillyBots with strategies and tools from the Social Thinking® Methodology. We hope you will enjoy imagining new ways to think about the UnthinkaBot characters in classrooms, small groups, and at home! One more thing. We replaced 4 of the 14 “first generation” characters with new names: Mean Bean (previously Mean Gene/Jean), Me-Gull (formerly One-sided Sid), Body Drifter (formerly Body Snatcher), and Blurt Out Blue (formerly Grump Grumpaniny).


We will be updating our products with these changes over the course of 2021 and 2022. It makes sense that we’re teaching students to be superflexible, since we, as publishers, also flex a lot as we learn. We hope you enjoy incorporating these important updates.

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