Social Learning Groups

Does my child/do I need Social Thinking®?

Does your child have difficulty…
  • being flexible?
  • socially fitting in?
  • making/keeping friends?
  • starting/having conversations?
  • understanding other points of view?
  • understanding the thoughts of others?
  • interpreting body language/facial expressions?
  • getting along at lunch and recess?
  • fitting in when in group situations?
  • reading with comprehension?
Does your child…
  • know the rules but doesn't apply it to himself?
  • make the same social mistakes over and over?
  • lack the awareness that he/she has social difficulties?
  • have difficulty solving problems calmly and appropriately?
Has your child….
  • had limited success in other "social skills" groups?"

If you answered "yes" to any of these, then you should consider finding out more about "Bend Your Brain" Social Learning Groups making use of methodologies such as Social Thinking®.
What is Social Thinking®?

"Social Thinking® is a methodology of approaching social difficulties developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, a speech/language pathologist in the 1990's ( It is built on the premise that changing how one thinks will cause a change in social behavior. This is not just providing students with the rules. The students usually already know the rules. They just don't apply it to themselves.

Social Thinking® and other related ideas are the missing pieces to social difficulties. It teaches:
  • why and how you should say or do things, not just what to say
  • perspective taking (thinking about others)
  • flexibility ("bending your brain")
  • you to look at the big picture (not the unimportant details)
  • why thinking about others is important
  • that people have positive or negative thoughts about you based upon what you say/do, or don't say/don't do, whether you want them to or not

These then encourage generalization to other environments. We have outings such as bowling, parties, gardening, and cooking to encourage this as well.
Who are social thinking students?
  • from age 4 years - adult
  • have near average to above average IQ
  • may/may not have a diagnosis
  • are verbal
  • have social learning difficulties
  • may/may not score well on formal language testing
  • are committed to attend groups consistently
What are the "Bend Your Brain" Social Learning Groups?

  • 2-4 students in a group
  • Weekly 50 minute sessions, 10 minute parent meeting
  • Students are grouped based upon social thinking levels, NOT diagnoses
  • Sessions are based upon the needs of each individual group, NOT rote lessons
  • Each child has individualized objectives
  • Specific vocabulary is taught for home and school use
  • Parental involvement/parent workshops
  • Outings such as parties, bowling, gardening, cooking, community work, going out to restaurants for fun and generalization
  • Contact with school and other professionals is always available
  • Parents are encouraged to call/email input to be used as part of group lessons
This program, including its leader, is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc. 
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