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Social Skills Information

Social Thinking® is required prior to the development of social skills. Successful social thinkers consider the points of view, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, prior knowledge and intentions of others (this is often called perspective-taking - considering the perspectives of others). This is for most of us an intuitive process. We can determine the meanings behind the messages communicated by others and how to respond to them within milliseconds to three seconds! Social thinking occurs everywhere, when we talk, share space, walk down the street, even when we read a novel and relate to our pets. It is an intelligence that integrates information across home, work and community settings - something we usually take for granted!  

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Model Me Kids® - DVDs for ages 2-17 designed as a teaching tool for children and adolescents with Asperger’s and other ASDs. The videos demonstrate social skills by modeling peer behavior at school, a play date, birthday party, the playground, library, dentist, restaurant, and more. Real children model and narrate each skill.

Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP     

Michelle Garcia Winner developed social thinking for the treatment of individuals with social-cognitive deficits: those with diagnoses such as autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and nonverbal learning disorder (NLD). She first began teaching social thinking in 1995 to brighter students when she worked as a speech-language pathologist for a high school district. Twelve years later, she received an Award of Special Congressional Recognition for her development and ongoing innovation of this treatment approach. At the about the same time, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research supporting her methods for the treatment of students with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.

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