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Social Cognition Therapy 

The coaching and development of social thinking skills and tools & techniques.

The ACE School utilizes "Social Cognition Therapy" in assisting students to understand the internal world of others through individual and small group coaching. Complex and nuanced social issues are broken down and made more concrete to increase student comprehension for use in their daily lives. A specific vocabulary is used throughout the day to reinforce or correct various social behaviors. Real-time interventions are used to allow students to see the immediate effects of their social behaviors on others. Individual and group treatment is delivered in the classroom, clinic, and across the school milieu to promote skill retention and generalization.  

Social Cognition Therapy helps with difficulties in:

  • Reading social and emotional messages
  • Literal interpretations
  • Recognition of relevant social cues
  • Lack of perspective

The building blocks of Social Thinking tools & strategies:

  • Social Thinking vocabulary
  • Social Behavior Maps
  • Social stories
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Role playing/modeling
  • Coping strategies
  • Social Thinking curriculum
  • Whole body listening
  • Observing social cues
  • Flexible thinking

What these strategies teach:

  • How their social minds work and why they, and others, react and respond the way they do. 
  • How their behaviors affect the way others perceive and respond to them. 
  • How this affects their own emotions, responses to, and their relationships across different social contexts. 
  • The understanding of thoughts, feelings, actions, and consequences.  

Recommended reading on Social Cognition: 

Socially Curious & Curiously Social by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

Social Spy by Jarvis Clutch



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