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Developmental resources for tweens, teens & young adults

We can help you unpack the social world and engage tweens & teens

Explore other ages: Early Learners (Ages 4-7) | Elementary School (ages 8-11)

For over 25 years, Social Thinking® has been at the forefront of teaching developmental social competencies — helping tweens, teens, and young adults unpack the social world to guide and support their social emotional and organizational learning and development.

 

What’s that mean? Given that social information is rarely explained directly, it can be confusing for social learners to make sense of what’s going on around them from both a social and an organizational perspective. Within the Social Thinking® Methodology, we focus on teaching these concepts through the use of explicit treatment frameworks and strategies to help all people better navigate to regulate in the social world based on what they want for themselves.

 

We know how to unpack the social world and engage tweens, teens, and young adults in developing strategies for observing and interpreting social information and then deciding how to act and react in ways that move them toward their social goals. Learning and using these social strategies helps foster development of their executive functions, self-regulation, stress & anxiety management, and other social and organizational competencies. As a trusted interventionist, you can help guide them toward reaching their social, academic, career, and life goals. We want to share much of what they've taught us as we continue on our learning journey as well! Through our highly acclaimed free webinars, printed products and our online training courses, you get the whole package.

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5 Critical Life Skills for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults

That Often Remain Untaught

Tweens, teens, and young adults are expected to naturally develop social and organizational competencies needed in school and across their lives. However, students with social learning and organized thinking differences (e.g., ADHD, twice exceptional, expressive receptive language, sensory processing, autism spectrum levels 1 and 2, etc.) may not intuitively learn these concepts and skills. This course will explore 5 critical life skills related to social emotional learning and organized thinking that can and should be directly addressed and taught to students & clients ages 11-22 in our homes, schools, and clinics. We’ll also review a variety of explicit metacognitive frameworks and practical strategies for teaching and learning these critical social competencies.
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Tweens & Teens

Part 1: How Can We Help Teens When They Want Us to Go Away?

Series Name: Exploring the Unique Needs of Teens Who Are Developing Social Self-Awareness

In this first part of a two-part series, we discuss teens’ expectations for working on social emotional self-regulation skills. We explore how to help students deemed “oppositional or resistant” to active participation in sessions. We also review how education and employment laws in the USA change when children turn 18 years old.
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Part 2: Choosing Social Strategies to Take Charge of One’s Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions

Series Name: Exploring the Unique Needs of Teens Who Are Developing Social Self-Awareness

In this second part of a two-part series, we examine the role of executive functions, social emotional learning, and use of metacognitive strategies when helping students learn how to meet their own goals. Concepts related to social conformity, boredom management, and fostering autonomy and motivation by developing one’s own self-management and public relations campaigns are explored.
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Strategies for Adults

Strategies for Adults with Subtle but Significant Social Emotional Learning Differences and/or Challenges

Key Topics: social emotional learning, executive functions, anxiety management

Most of our mature adult clients have never received any type of socially oriented teaching in the past – yet they’re overwhelmed with frustration or anxiety due to a history of compelling social learning differences and/or challenges that have impacted relationship development, both at work and in their personal lives. Some receive late diagnoses of Autism or ADHD, while others may have mental health diagnoses. Few are aware of basic and advanced frameworks and strategies to better understand how the social world works to navigate within it. This course is packed with practical and useful information!
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What People Are Saying About How Social Thinking Helps Tweens & Teens

The Social Thinking® Methodology first developed from our work with high schoolers. It’s now the premier, go-to source for understanding the social world through an evidence-based lens, which encourages the ongoing development of teaching concepts, strategies, and tools for working with and supporting tweens and teens as they learn about themselves and others, as well as how to navigate meeting their own goals in the ever-changing landscapes within the social world.


At Social Thinking, we’ve been working collaboratively for 25 years with autistic teens and others with diagnoses of ADHD, language learning disorder, and twice exceptional, as well as those considered neurotypical. We’ve been learning from them, with them, and teaching them—figuring out how we can best help them figure out the increasingly complex and dynamic social world as they move toward developing an independent mindset and beyond.


Our books provide theory, detailed explanations, evidence-based treatment frameworks, practical strategies, and instruction. Our dynamic livestream and recorded online trainings help you stay current with our newest “aha! moments,” while also making deeper connections to core social emotional learning concepts through stories from our work with students to help bring these concepts to life. Our goal is for you, the interventionist, to learn concrete ways to help your students navigate and regulate through complex social emotional issues.


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