Social Thinking® Frameworks Collection | Practical Treatment Frameworks Set 2

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  • Ages: 4 - adult
  • Format: Visual Supports
  • ISBN: 9781936943647
  • Published: 2020


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Digital version must be purchased separatelyonly on Apple Books and Google Play (not printable).

People are complicated and so is the huge social world. Here are 13 more of our most helpful and popular teaching frameworks in a portable, user-friendly set to help social learners ages 4–adult build social competencies across a wide range of social landscapes. Tried, tested, and perfected over 25 years, these visual supports dissect complex social concepts into user-friendly graphics and logical steps that make sense to social learners. The frameworks in this set explore perspective taking and social communication, different types of friendships, and executive functions.


Three teaching frameworks break down core aspects of play/doing an activity, dealing with boredom, and managing uncomfortable moments. Learning how to be around others and engage in social interaction is stressful; a series of frameworks guide step by-step teaching about social problem solving, how we communicate, climbing the ladder of success, and managing one’s own anxiety. These handy, two-sided visual tools include lots of helpful information for interventionists, too, including the intended purpose of the framework, step-by-step instructions for its use and how to teach it, and recommendations for related books, On Demand courses, livestream events, free articles and webinars, and connections to other treatment frameworks.

Practical Treatment Frameworks: Set 2 is part of a two-set collection of 26 of our most important visual teaching scaffolds for social learning and self-regulation. After 25 years of research, teaching, and learning, we have powerful ideas and concrete strategies for helping interventionists help their social learners see and understand the social world and develop lifelong strategies for meeting their social goals. The majority of frameworks found in this set were first presented in published print products, webinars, articles, On Demand courses, and conferences/livestream events that can be found on our website and are identified next to the corresponding framework. We strongly urge interventionists to explore these source products for deeper instruction, examples, and learning for using the frameworks in practice.

Treatment Frameworks for Use with Social Learners and Their Original Source for Deeper Learning

• 3 Parts of Play/Activity (Original Source: Think Social!)

• Boring Moments: We All Have Them! (Original Source: Thinking About You Thinking About Me)

I Don’t Care Scale

• 5 Steps of Being with Others (Original Source: Thinking About You Thinking About Me)

• 6 Levels of the Friendship Pyramid (Original Source: Socially Curious and Curiously Social)

• 4 Steps of Face-to-Face Communication (Original Source: Thinking About You Thinking About Me)

• Ask a Question, Add a Thought (Original Source: Thinking About You Thinking About Me)

• Solving Problems

• Learning How to Be Comfortable with Discomfort (Original Source: Socially Curious and Curiously Social)

• Ladder of Success

• The Spiral of Social Failure (Original Source: Socially Curious and Curiously Social)

• The Spiral of Social Success (Original Source: Socially Curious and Curiously Social)

• Independence Mountain

What’s a framework? Each treatment framework provides a kind of blueprint related to one specific aspect within the social world that illustrates the abstract social concept through a step-by-step, visual means. This collection includes a broad array of frameworks that range from assessing learners’ needs to breaking down social concepts, such as social communication, friendship, anxiety management, being with others, and many more to make the abstract concepts more concrete for social emotional learning.

When Do I Use These Frameworks?
Use these two-sided visual teaching tools at home, in a clinic, or at school in one-on-one settings, in small groups, or for display in classrooms for larger discussions.

A Breakdown of What’s Inside Each Framework
In a portable, 8.5” x 11” format, these 13 practical treatment framework mini-posters describe, in both words and graphics, a variety of social concepts which help the interventionist better understand the social emotional learning abilities of a specific student and provides information which broadens the student’s blueprint for understanding how the social world works.

Each framework has a graphic front and narrative back side. The front side provides a visual framework for use in team meetings with fellow interventionists or for use with students. The back side details the purpose of the framework along with:

  • Instructions for using treatment frameworks (for assessment or directly with social learners)
  • Recommendations for age ranges that might benefit from the content
  • Examples of how the information can guide teaching to foster development of social competencies
  • Recommendations for free Social Thinking articles or webinars to expand knowledge about a particular framework
  • Recommendations for related products (books, online training courses, and livestream events and conferences)
  • Connections to other treatment frameworks within the two-set collection

IMPORTANT NOTE! Frameworks provide a blueprint of these Social Thinking Methodology concepts, in addition to high-level, basic instruction. To ensure your deeper understanding and teaching with fidelity to our methodology, explore the related resources listed on each framework to learn more strategies and best practices.

Want to Learn More? Discover 13 Core Practical Treatment Frameworks: Set 1 (Sets 1 & 2 also sold together in Frameworks Collection Bundle or sold separately.)

Who Are the Teaching Frameworks For?
For over 25 years we’ve been on a mission to create meaningful, honest, and practical answers to the questions, “How does the social world work, and how do we learn to navigate to self-regulate within that world? How do we teach this huge range of abstract, implied information in ways that make sense to social learners?” It all begins by creating a mental blueprint in each social learner’s mind to begin exploring, through the use of strategies, how one mind has to consider many minds at once. Within this collection are the visual tools, the concrete blueprints, for guiding interventionists as they teach and support their social learners in discovering how to meet their own social goals within the vast, interconnected social world.

The many social concepts, frameworks, and strategies within the Social Thinking Methodology are designed for individuals who have solid to advanced receptive and expressive language, as well as academic learning skills. Our information taps into metacognitive understanding of one’s own and others’ thoughts and feelings and is designed to help interventionists (e.g., parents, caregivers, teachers, counselors, therapists, and other professionals) teach deeper concepts related to social emotional learning to individuals from ages four years old, across childhood, and throughout the adult years.

All social learners benefit from metacognitive strategies for social problem solving and self-regulation, which are at the heart of our ever-evolving social competencies. This holds true for those on a neurotypical developmental trajectory, as well as for individuals with social learning challenges. These Social Thinking teaching frameworks can be used with individuals based on their social learning needs and not necessarily their developmental ages.

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