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Social Thinking


Once a week the students in the Autism program participate in a Social Thinking group.  This group is co-taught by the Speech-Language Pathologist and a teacher in the Autism program. Groups consist of 4-7 students with a focus on improving social communication skills. The curriculum is based on Michelle Garcia Winner's "Social Thinking" program. 

Resource List


Michelle Garcia Winner  (

·       Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students for Teaching Social Thinking and Related Skills to students with High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disability, ADHD


·       Worksheets! For Teaching Social Thinking and Related Skills: Breaking Down Concepts for Teaching Students with High Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD


·       Thinking About You Thinking About Me: Philosophy and strategies to further develop perspective taking and communicative abilities for persons with Asperger ... Autism, Hyperlexia, ADHD, PDD-NOS, NVLD


·       Social Behavior Mapping - Connecting Behavior, Emotions and Consequences Across the Day


·       A Politically Incorrect Look at Evidence-Based Practices and Teaching Social Skills


·       Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?


  Strategies for Organization: Preparing for Homework and the Real World (DVD with booklet)


Jed Baker

·           The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond


·           Preparing for Life


Additional Books

·       The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations by Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman, and Ronda Schelvan

·       The Incredible 5 Point Scale: Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis

·       A 5 is Against the Law: Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults by Kari Dunn Buron

Games (we do a game day once per quarter)

·       Like It or Lump It

·       True Colors

·       Scruples

·       Apples to Apples

·       Faces

·       Pictionary

·       Guesstures



·       Jill Kuzma

·       Do to Learn

·       OASIS

PDF Sample Lesson Plans   --  An example of weekly lessons for our groups.