Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Social Thinking

Do you have students who struggle with social thinking?  I do.  I was so excited when I received the book, "You are a Social Detective!"  It is a book written for children.  It tells kids why it is important to be a social detective and step by step how to be a social detective.  I have so many students who struggle with why they should even try.  They don't understand why other students don't enjoy playing with them.  They really don't understand what they are doing wrong in social situations.

This book helps take the mystery out of nonverbal social language.  It talks to the students in their language.  The pictures are simple and don't overload the kids with too many details.

The book has three sections:  School Smarts/Social Smarts & Expected Behavior, Unexpected Behavior, and Being a Social Detective.  Each section builds on the previous section.  There is a detailed lesson plan for the teacher for each section of the book.

The highlight of the book for me was the section on Unexpected Behavior.  This section really explains to children why others don't react to situations in the manner they want or expect.  I can't wait to use this book with my class.  I plan on using the lesson plans provided the first weeks of school.  I highly recommend this book.  It is appropriate for all children kindergarten and up.  You can find this book and other similar books here.


1 comment

  1. I LOVE all of the Social Thinking books! I was lucky enough to go to one of Michelle Garica Winner's conferences a couple years ago and it was amazing! She made an 8 hour conference fly by and I learned sooo much!

    The Lower Elementary Cottage


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