©2008. By Michelle Garcia Winner.
Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students details step by step methods of how to teach social and communication skills to students and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Included in the eight chapters of the book are 69 detailed lessons with worksheets and vocabulary. The lessons teach students how to work and think in a group and include strategies for fitting in during different social situations, information on how to use and interpret both verbal and nonverbal language to understand how communication happens, and overall communication strategies for school aged children through adulthood. Individualized education plan (IEP) goal suggestions that can help reinforce the concepts are integrated into each chapter and are included on the CD.
Teachers, parents, therapists and other caregivers are encouraged to change the lessons to fit the individual's needs. A CD with comprehensive goals and standards is included with each book.
Each chapter provides a list of educational standards, tying Social Thinking directly to the academics of the classroom and ends with individualized education plan (IEP) goal suggestions to reinforce the concepts.
The curriculum provides a comprehensive introduction to guide people through its use, applying it to developing social thinking groups and the core social-thinking philosophy. Each introduction sections include:
• The Four Steps of Communication
• The Four Steps of Perspective Taking
• Where is the scientific evidence for the information in this curriculum
• Can this curriculum be used for students who are not on the autism spectrum or not labeled with NLD, ADHD, etc.
The curriculum is designed to assist children across school ages and adults (young and old) with the following diagnoses, but is not limited to any diagnosis:
• Asperger Syndrome
• Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
• High-Functioning Autism
• Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
• Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD or NVLD)
It is noted that Think Social! is becoming an evidence-based practice. (Softcover, 373 pages plus CD-ROM; 373 pages.)