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Why teach Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary to children ages 4-7?

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Alarming statistics reveal that nationwide at least 250 children are suspended or expelled from preschool daily, three times the rate of expulsions in K-12 grades. Many of these children are melting down and labeled as disruptive, aggressive, or “behavior problems” because they don’t understand what’s going on around them or may not have awareness or understanding of how to play, learn, and work in groups with their peers.


Throughout our 25+ years of research, practice, and teaching, we’ve found that when children as young as four years old learn the mechanics of why and how we use our social minds to foster social and emotional awareness and self-monitoring—it helps them develop deeper insights and foundational social competencies that follow them throughout their lives. That’s why classrooms, schools, and hundreds of thousands of interventionists around the world are teaching our award-winning curricula and resources to their early learners.


The Social Thinking® Methodology provides specific vocabulary and developmentally based curricula, lessons, strategies, and activities—created especially for children ages 4-7. Components of the Social Thinking Methodology unpack how the social world works and why for interventionists (educators, therapists, parents & caregivers) and their early social learners, so that all children can have access to understanding and learning how to navigate the social world and move toward improvement in their own social goals.


Explore our broad range of products, online courses, and free resources for teaching practical concepts, vocabulary, and strategies to help guide social learners in some of the most significant learning of their lives.

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Social Thinking: Building the Social Mind in Early Childhood

Parents and caregivers are always asking about how to teach and support self-regulation. In this course designed specifically for parents and caregivers, we’ll talk about the ways the social mind can support social thinking and self-regulation for early learners. We will cover practical strategies including how we can use stories, activities, and play to build self-regulation; how to teach children to better understand their own and others’ thoughts and feelings, and the plan of the group and their role within it. Please note: this course is not eligible for Continuing Education.
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Early Learners (Ages 4-7)

Part 1: Foundations for Early Learners—Teaching Thoughts, Feelings, and The Group Plan

Series Name: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula

Guide children’s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social competencies and classroom learning. Part 1: Foundations for Early Learners—Teaching Thoughts, Feelings, and The Group Plan examines the foundations of our work with early learners, delves into the core concepts thoughts and feelings and the group plan, and provides strategies, lessons, and examples for teaching them to children ages 4–7 years old using We Thinkers! Volume 1 with fidelity.

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Early Learners (Ages 4-7)

Part 2: Building on Foundations—Teaching Thinking with Eyes, Body in the Group, and Whole Body Listening (Listening with Body and Brain)

Series Name: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula

Part 2 of this four-course series expands on the research-based foundations of our work with early learners introduced in Part 1 related to the core Social Thinking® concepts taught through our curriculum. In this course, we focus on the concepts thinking with your eyes, body in the group, and whole body listening (listening with body and brain). Learn strategies, lessons, and examples for teaching these concepts with fidelity using our We Thinkers! Volume 1: Social Explorers Curriculum with 4–7-year-olds in the mainstream classroom and specialized treatment settings.
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Early Learners (Ages 4-7)

Part 3: Assessing Peer-Based Collaboration and Play to Provide Specific Teaching Pathways

Series Name: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula

In this third part of a four-part series, we explore the use of the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem-Solving (GPS) Scale for 4- to 7-year-olds to better assess a child’s ability to relate with peers, what to focus on in teaching related lessons. Learn cutting-edge information about how to use the We Thinkers! Volume 2: Social Problem Solvers Curriculum with fidelity. This course builds on the precursory courses in the four-part series: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula: A Four-Part Series.

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Early Learners (Ages 4-7)

Part 4: Advancing Social Learning with Five Concepts to Promote Executive Functions

Series Name: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula

In this last part of a four-part series, we explore how to teach more advanced social and executive function concepts, expected/unexpected behavior based on the situation, flexible thinking, smart guess, size of problems and sharing an imagination. We’ll demonstrate how to use our curriculum, We Thinkers! Volume 2: Social Problem Solvers with fidelity. This course builds on the precursory courses Parts 1-3 of the series: Introducing Social Thinking® Concepts to 4–7-Year-Olds Through Ten Storybooks and Two Curricula: A Four-Part Series

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What is Social Thinking?

The foundation of our work provides interventionists (teachers, speech language pathologists, therapists, clinicians, parents) and social learners with frameworks, tools, skills and a shared language to improve social competencies—more than just social skills.

Our goal is to help people learn explicitly how to engage in social information processing; how to attend, interpret, problem solve and respond in any situation—the thinking and doing skills that will aid them in becoming increasingly successful in the social world throughout their lives.

At some point we all struggle in social situations. Engaging  in a social emotional thinking/feeling based process can be difficult at times for everyone in the social world. Our role as interventionists is to help motivate social learners to "do the work" and explore how we all share social expectations, thoughts, feelings, make mistakes and try again as we learn to navigate our way toward our social goals. The practical nature of our teaching and the concrete way we explain social concepts helps engage people in social learning not only about themselves but about others. 

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