Social Thinking

The most fundamental skill in all social interaction is the ability to communicate messages with great ease and confidence. For individuals identified with social pragmatic deficits, cognitive impairments, attention deficits, sensory processing disorders, and language-based learning disabilities, participating in a social world can be a challenge. Social skill deficits may be developmental or acquired. Individuals who experience brain injury can also have difficulty reading social cues and responding appropriately in social situations. Individuals identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) present with social pragmatic language deficits. Others with ADHD or Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) may also have trouble with social skills. Social interactions serve to provide us with a sense of self-accomplishment, when we are successful in conveying our message. If there are physical, cognitive, or emotional barriers to our social ability, then we lose sight of the power of the interaction.

The social thinking approach to developing social skills (Michelle Garcia Winner, MS CCC-SLP) emphasizes teaching why social relationships and successful social interactions are important. Cognitive based interventions such as the social thinking approach serve to increase one's self-awareness through social interaction.

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