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Social Thinking and Common Core Standards Published on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:30
U.S. Academic Standards (Common Core) now include Social Learning
 as part of Speaking/Listening and Anchor Standards!

Social Thinking has always stressed the importance of the connection between social learning and the core academic standards. The good news is that the latest version of the academic standards, called the Common Core Standards (CCSs), now recognizes Speaking and Listening as an integral part of learning. Standards included in the new CCSs include concepts related to collaboration, cooperation, understanding other’s minds or point of view, analysis of fiction, understanding bias in our media and science, just to name a few! For those of you who’ve struggled to convince others about the importance of including a social component to the academic day or write goals/objectives related to this, the broader adoption of the CCSs can help. Finally, social relatedness, group listening, and conversational skills will be recognized as part of the academic day.

Social Skills and Making Requests. by Mike Miklos

Some Thoughts on Social Skills. by Mike Miklos

Core Social Cognitive Challenges: The ILAUGH Model
Michelle Garcia Winner developed the ILAUGH Framework of social cognition to explain the multiple skills and concepts that we must process and react to in order to succeed at social interaction and personal problem solving. Each of these elements of social cognition affects not only our ability to make and keep friends, but also our ability to process complex information in the classroom and the workplace. The ILAUGH Model is evidence-based in that each aspect of it has been researched and defined as a trait of persons with social relatedness issues. 

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The SCERTS® Model is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families. SCERTS® focuses on building competence in Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support as the highest priorities that must be addressed in any program, and is applicable for individuals with a wide range of abilities and ages across home, school and community settings. This website offers comprehensive information about the SCERTS® Model and its collaborators, and resources that are available to assist professionals and parents in developing and implementing educational programs based on the SCERTS® Model.

This is a site created for teachers and speech language pathologists who work with students on social/emotional skills in the school setting.  Most of the material here is geared for learners from Kindergarten – 8th grade.   Visitors to this site will find teaching tools to download and use themselves, tips for promoting pragmatic language and social-emotional skill success at home, and other useful links and resources. Many resources and tips on this site relate to helping children increase social perspective taking skills, emotion awareness and management, conversation skills, interpretation and use of non-verbal communication, and to develop friendship and interaction skills.  There are also ideas and information related to receptive and expressive language needs surrounding students who are identified with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, “high” functioning autism, non-verbal learning disability, ADD/ADHD, and other related social cognitive areas.

The extensive content on this website offers more information on social thinking and related treatment strategies. You can also subscribe to the Social Thinking newsletter and check Michelle Garcia Winner's blog for the latest thinking on the topic. For a casual exchange on the broader topics related to social thinking, please also take a look at the Social Thinking Facebook page.

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