The Social Thinking Curriculum

Students in The School for Asperger’s/HFA at Trident Academy are exhibiting significant gains in their social skills using The Social Thinking Curriculum, designed by Michelle Garcia Winner.

Social skills are not something you’re born with nor are they facts to be memorized. You have to learn how your behavior affects others and how to act appropriately.

“We really see the importance of social problem solving as students get older,” explains Nicole McLain, program director at Trident Academy. “Use tattling as an example. When a first grader tattles on friends during recess, that is very different from when a fifth grader does the same. So we want students to use critical thinking skills so they can brainstorm the best way to handle these situations without tattling to an adult.”

Superflex, part of the social thinking curriculum, is a superhero that helps students with strategies to promote self-regulation, social thinking, and related social skills.

“Our students really like Superflex and the comic book format,” Ms. McLain explains. “We’ve noticed an incredible improvement in their social skills and self-awareness which will take them very far in their lives!”

Social skills are part of the 12 core competencies that students in the School for Asperger’s/HFA are mastering. Read more about the 12 competencies.

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