Helping unlock communication in central Scotland
Does your child:
There are lots of ways to label these difficulties, but I’m going to refer to them broadly as “Social Thinking difficulties”. And if you have a young person struggling with some of these areas, you will know for yourself the massive impact that it can have on them and the whole family.
“Social Thinking is what we do when we share space with others and when sending an email, sitting in a classroom, lining up at the grocery store, reading a work of fiction, watching a funny video clip, participating in a business meeting, driving in traffic, and a host of other daily activities that involve our social interpretation and related reactions. We consider the context; take in the thoughts, emotions and intentions of the people with whom we are interacting and use that information to determine how we respond. How we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotional internal and external responses. It’s an incredibly complex process that most of us take for granted.” Michelle Garcia Winner – http://www.socialthinking.com
Building Social Thinking is positive, tailored and empowering and one of my favourite tools in my “One Size Doesn’t Fit All” toolbox. It builds deep rooted skills that your young person will be able to take forward into adulthood. It is definitely not about trying to change anyone, rather it’s about stocking the toolbox with skills and strategies that can be used when needed – not forcing everyone to use the same spanner the whole time!
** (Formal labels may include #Aspergers, #High-functioning Autism, #Pragmatic Language Impairment (PLI), #Autism Spectrum Disorder (#ASD), #Social Communication difficulties, #Social Cognitive Challenges, #learning difficulty, #learningdisability etc. Your young person may also be described as “shy”, “socially immature” etc.)