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Clear concepts and strategies that can make the friendship & relationship process visible and concrete

Help guide social learners in some of the most significant learning of their lives

Friendship seems so easy and natural to those who make friends easily—but to those who find it challenging, it’s neither simple, logical, or predictable! All functional relationships—including friendship—require a range of social competencies, such as executive functioning & organizational skills, perspective taking, flexible thinking, understanding feelings & emotions, and many more.

 

How do we crack open this treasure chest to make the most coveted, yet complex facet of relationship development explicit and accessible to our children, students, and clients who struggle to form gratifying emotional relationships with their peers, colleagues, and others they simply share space with?


The Social Thinking® Methodology teaches clear concepts and strategies that can make the relationship process visible and concrete and unpacks different aspects of relationship development from age four through adulthood.


Explore our broad range of products, online courses, conferences, and free resources for teaching practical concepts, vocabulary, and strategies to help guide social learners in some of the most significant learning of their lives.

 


 

The Social Thinking Methodology provides evidence-based strategies to help people of all ages develop their social competencies, flexible thinking & social problem solving and improve: conversation & social connection, executive functioning, friendship & relationship development, perspective taking, self-regulation, and Social Thinking vocabulary.

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Products on friendship & relationship development for developmental ages

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Free Video Lesson

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Chithra Kathiresan, B. App. Sc., SLP

 

How do we decide if someone is interested or disinterested? How do we decide if someone is friendly or unfriendly? Learn how to observe and interpret different levels of interest and friendliness.

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Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP

 

Watch this short video example Michelle Garcia Winner shares in the adolescent track of this course—demonstrating how she uses magnets with her clients to help explain friendships & relationships. You can use this exercise with pre-teen, teenagers, young adults, or even adults.

What You Remember About Others

What You Remember About Others Thinksheet
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On Demand Courses—Practical Strategies You Can Use Right Now

Friendship & Relationship Development

What’s a Friend, and Do I Really Need Friends?

Tips & Strategies to Make and Keep Friends, Unpack Social Dislikes & Manage Social Anxiety

The ability to make and keep a friend is something most of us take for granted. However, when it’s hard to make a friend or a friendship dissolves into dislikes, it’s important to have metacognitively based concepts and strategies to help us engage to meet our own personal goals. In this livestream-recorded online training, we’ll unpack different aspects of peer-based relations, from friendship to dislike, and provide practical strategies and perspective-taking activities to encourage student motivation to continue to develop increasingly complex relational social competencies as they age.
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All About Emotions

Part 1: Helping Students Gain Perspective on Their Emotions

Series Name: The Power of Emotions: Strategies to Fuel Self-Regulation, Learning, and Communication

In this first part of a four-part series, we explore how our emotions are central to our social competencies, executive functions, and self-regulation. Emotions are our brain’s powerhouse; they can help fuel motivation or derail us. We investigate how negative emotions are processed differently than positive emotions and how emotions are the cornerstone of each person's memories, both good and not so great. Learn strategies to help students unpack their daily emotional experiences.

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Early Learners (Ages 4-7)

Part 1: Foundations for Early Learners—Teaching Thoughts, Feelings, and The Group Plan

Series Name: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula

Guide children’s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Part 1: Foundations for Early Learners—Teaching Thoughts, Feelings, and The Group Plan examines the foundations of our work with early learners, delves into the core concepts thoughts and feelings and the group plan, and provides strategies, lessons, and examples for teaching them to children ages 4–7 years old using We Thinkers! Volume 1 with fidelity.

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Social Thinking Vocabulary

Part 1: The Social World: Practical Vocabulary and Concepts for Teaching How It Works

Series Name: Social Thinking Vocabulary and Strategies

We all need practical social emotional learning tools for teaching social information. Part 1 of this two-part series introduces two core teaching frameworks, multiple tools, and practical strategies as part of the Social Thinking® Methodology’s concrete vocabulary. Discover social emotional learning strategies for teaching how the social world works.
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Tweens & Teens

Part 1: How Can We Help Teens When They Want Us to Go Away?

Series Name: Exploring the Unique Needs of Teens Who Are Developing Social Self-Awareness

In this first part of a two-part series, we discuss teens’ expectations for working on social emotional self-regulation skills. We explore how to help students deemed “oppositional or resistant” to active participation in sessions. We also review how education and employment laws in the USA change when children turn 18 years old.
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Friendship & Relationship Development

Flirting, Dating & Maintaining Relationships: How Do You Teach This?

In this course, we will address a range of topics including but not limited to culture, religion, pornography and the law, and emerging sexuality for neurodivergent social learners—especially those on the autism spectrum. We will show practical lessons developed with input from neurodivergent clients and students with different social learning styles as they established their own social relationship goals.
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What is Social Thinking?

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Strategies to Build Social Competencies

The Social Thinking Methodology provides evidence-based strategies to help people ages four through adult develop their social competencies, flexible thinking & social problem solving and improve:



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