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Weaving Social Thinking® vocabulary throughout our lessons and beyond the therapy room.

on September 14, 2013


The teachers who work with my students have shown interest in doing whatever they can to integrate the concepts of Social Thinking® into the classroom and throughout the school day.  I am very excited about that because I believe that consistency is the key to progress.

I am sharing the social thinking vocabulary with the teachers and support staff.   I even use the vocabulary in social conversations around school.  Go to for more information about social thinking vocabulary.

In today’s Book Chat, we started with a review of the expected behaviors-

Book Chat

We read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff


The social thinking concept for today was Thinking About You/Just Me.   This means that we work hard to recognize that our behavior  affects the people around us, and we try to change how we act in such a way as to keep others thinking about us the way we want them to.  In the book the mouse is very demanding.  He seems to be unaware of the effect his behavior has on the boy’s emotional state.  As the students read along and listened to the story, I used words such as feelings, intentions, unexpected, weird thought, and wondering, just to model my own thinking process.

The students are more comfortable making comments than asking questions.  I wrote down some questions as examples for the students to practice.


Braxton asked “What zone is the boy in?”.   We determined that he was in the blue zone.  He was very tired from trying to please that demanding mouse.  Was it the mouse’s intent to make a mess or to help?

Book Chat is a great platform for building social thinking skills that support reading comprehension.

I am taking social thinking to Mrs. Lindstrom’s Kindergarten Class with


The Incredible Flexible You is another social thinking publication.  Go to for more information.

I will be adapting the lessons to work with this particular group of K students.  The first lesson will include expected/unexpected behaviors.  When we see a friend or teacher in the hall, auditorium, or community and they say “Hi”, it is the expected behavior to say “Hello” or “Hi” back to them.

We will also talk about being flexible when something unexpected happens.  Is there any cat more flexible than Pete?


When Pete steps in strawberries, blueberries, and mud while wearing his white shoes he does not whine or cry.  He just keeps walking along and singing his song.

Oh, the possibilities!

My Best,


2 responses to “Weaving Social Thinking® vocabulary throughout our lessons and beyond the therapy room.

  1. Katie says:

    Miss Braxton so much! Loved the post.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. joanna banana says:

    Love the book suggestions to generalize Social Thinking beyond typical social skills lessons.

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