Do you have a child that struggles with perspective-taking? What about healthy social interactions, and being able to regulate their behaviors or emotions? Here at Lexis Preparatory School, we provide an integrative and customized social skills program. Through Social Thinking we focus on social skills, self regulation, and emotional control. These skills help the development of social self-awareness, emotional understanding, and the ability to think critically.
We serve students with average-to-above average cognitive ability who learn differently. We have found that focusing early and often on social skills is critical for our students’ success. Both socially and academically. Students receive instruction in Social Thinking from the school counselor, Jody Clark.
In order to help our students succeed, we teach social awareness through a methodology called “Social Thinking”. Social Thinking was created by Michelle Garcia Winner and further developed with Dr. Pamela Crooke. This helps students develop social skills to better understand themselves and others. Social Thinking helps students to observe the social world around them, figure out where they fit into it and how to best interact with others.
Skills class helps students learn that their social behaviors impact how others treat and feel about them. We use tools such as roleplaying, games, and hands-on projects to supplement visual and auditory learning. This way, students have many opportunities to practice the emotional experience they want to have with others. Additionally, all staff are trained to integrate “Social Thinking” into their classrooms and everyday conversations with students.
Social Thinking skills are critical and will work in any social setting. For our older students, we place a emphasis on these skills as they apply to college, search for jobs, and plan for the next stage of their lives. When we teach our younger students social thinking, we rely on lessons from Michelle Garcia Winner’s book: You are a Social Detective! or Superflex. Which are both a fun and motivational way to explore social thinking behavior. Finally, we use Leah M. Kuypers’ Zones of Regulation which is a curriculum designed for self-regulation and emotional control. Parents can also use these tools to help give additional support for their children’s social emotional needs.
By Jody Clark, Lexis Preparatory School, School Counselor