Social Thinking is what we do when we share space with others. It is what helps us to connect with people to collaborate and interact.
A two day workshop was recently held by speech language pathologists (SLP) Kari Zweber Palmer and Ryan Hendrix that focused on social thinking in early learners.
The workshop described the complex elements of social development that begin emerging at birth and continue to develop through ages 4-7 and beyond. Their goal was to shift the lens through which we look at behaviour to better understand the dynamics behind some of the challenges young children may encounter with social cognitive development. How we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotional internal and external responses. Its an incredibly complex system that most of us take for granted.
The term “social thinking” originated by SPL Michelle Garcia-Winner. She coined the term in order to help make the concept of social cognition more accessible.
Many of our staff who were in attendance found the experience to be incredibly valuable in gearing up for the new school year.