Superflex and Focus Tron to the Rescue!

Michelle Garcia Winner the Superflex Creative Team

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  • Ages: 7-10+
  • Pages: 32
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781936943494
  • Published: 2018


Superflex and Focus Tron to the Rescue! introduces readers to the Thinkable Focus Tron. Wherever they are—at school, or home, in the community—Focus Tron helps Social Town citizens remember to use their focusing powers to stay connected to what they’re doing or what others are talking about. In the story, Sarah periodically get visits from the Unthinkable* (we are officially changing Unthinkables to UnthinkaBots over the course of 2021-22) Brain Eater who distracts her thoughts away from her classwork, homework, and listening to the teacher. Thanks to a lesson from the Superflex Academy and assistance from Focus Tron and other Superflex pals, she learns strategies to keep her thoughts on track.

This engaging book is part of our Superflex series, which is designed to help children learn about their own and others’ thoughts and behaviors, and practice strategies for self-regulation across a variety of situations. As kids learn strategies to defeat the Unthinkables and unexpected behavior, they strengthen their flexible thinking and are better able to self-regulate in challenging times.

This illustrated storybook connects to and supports these Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts:

  • Using your Social Detective smarts to observe what’s going on.
  • Social attention/observation: what are other kids doing/how are they reacting?
  • Using positive self-talk to keep trying

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  • Making a smart guess about what’s happening
  • Keeping body and brain in the group
  • Strategies to defeat Brain Eater: using a fidget, using a Superflex Distracter Shield (download yours below), breaking down big tasks into smaller pieces

Adults who are using the Superflex curriculum and concepts can use Superflex and Focus Tron to the Rescue! in several ways:

  • To help children celebrate their ability to defeat Brain Eater when he appears
  • To teach how calling upon Focus Tron can help them pause and think about options in times of uncertainty or distraction
  • As a companion book to Brain Eater, to help children compare and contrast the inner workings of their brains in tackling everyday social challenges related to distraction and mental focus
  • Use the Focus Tron image as a visual reminder to students to stay focused or get focused within a situation
  • In situations where students find it fun to act out ONLY the negative powers of the Unthinkables, use Focus Tron to shift attention to the positive powers for defeating Brain Eater. Focusing exclusively on the negative powers prevents students from learning how to defeat the Unthinkable!
  • Focus Tron can help when other Unthinkables invade a student’s brain alongside Brain Eater—One-Sided Sid, Body Snatcher, Energy Hare-y, etc.

Download the Superflex Distracter Shield!

One of Focus Tron’s strategies for avoiding distraction is to place a Superflex Distracter Shield on items in a room that steal attention away from the current activity (such as computer screens, TVs, Legos, books, etc.). Download the Distracter Shield and print as many as you would like to put around the classroom, clinic, and home! Have kids color and personalize their shields to help them feel empowered by this strategy.

Recommended Teaching & Learning Pathway

Focus Tron Learning Pathway 

New to the world of Superflex? Explore what it’s all about in this article, and learn strategies for teaching self-awareness and self-regulation in our Superflex On Demand series. Before sharing this book with children, parents and educators need to start at the beginning, introduce core concepts, and work through the Superflex curriculum. Books should be introduced in this order:

Once kids have reached this point, you can choose from an array of Superflex products to teach depending on the concepts your kids need to work on. To dive deeper into strategies for defeating distractibility, for example, move on to the books listed below. Buy them individually or as part of a discounted set!


*Name Change from the Team of Unthinkables to the Team of UnthinkaBots

We have officially changed the name of the Team of Unthinkables to the Team of UnthinkaBots. The Superflex curriculum was born in 2008, and over its lifetime we have relied on input and ideas from clients, students, families, teachers, and therapists in both the neurodivergent and neurotypical worlds. Using their feedback and our own clinical experience, we have refined the curriculum series to include Thinkables, expand the characters in Social Town, and add the You Are a Social Detective, 2nd edition, storybook as a way to welcome social learners into the Superflex Universe. Recently, while meeting with neurodivergent adults, we discovered that the concept behind the creation of the Unthinkables was misunderstood and, at times, misused in classrooms and clinics by having certain Unthinkables represent children or people, rather than specific thoughts or actions.

To encourage interventionists to use these concepts in the manner intended, we are changing the name of Unthinkables to UnthinkaBots. With this new name, social learners can now imagine the Bots that try to control some of our thoughts and actions. For example, Was Funny Once releases SillyBots to get us to use humor at unexpected times and in unexpected situations. We all can learn to tackle the SillyBots with strategies and tools from the Social Thinking® Methodology. We hope you will enjoy imagining new ways to think about the UnthinkaBot characters in classrooms, small groups, and at home! One more thing. We replaced 4 of the 14 “first generation” characters with new names: Mean Bean (previously Mean Gene/Jean), Me-Gull (formerly One-sided Sid), Body Drifter (formerly Body Snatcher), and Blurt Out Blue (formerly Grump Grumpaniny).

We will be updating our products with these changes over the course of 2021 and 2022. It makes sense that we’re teaching students to be superflexible, since we, as publishers, also flex a lot as we learn. We hope you enjoy incorporating these important updates.

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