Michelle Garcia Winner, a certified speech language pathologist, introduced us to the revolutionary concept of Social Thinking, which has changed the lives of many individuals with social-cognitive deficits. This software was developed in collaboration with Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke based on their book -You are a social detective. This is an interactive CD that teaches school age children to become better social thinkers by putting on their detective hats and deciphering expected and unexpected social behaviour, discovering how to use their eyes, ears and brain to make smart social guesses and investigating clues to see how others emotion and responses are connected to their own behaviour. The CD includes 6 interactive levels and over 200 video prompts to break down social situations, enabling students to learn while having fun. Another unique aspect in this software is that the child has to earn game time by giving correct answers and only then he gets a chance to play. Let’s take a look at the various levels :Level 1 – Social Trainer introduces social thinking and how children can become better social detectives using their eyes, ears, along with what they know in their brains to figure out what is expected and even what may happen next! It introduces Social Smarts and Smart guess i.e., when we use our all of our tools (seeing, hearing, knowing and feeling ) to figure things out.
Level 2 – Basic Investigation . This level trains children to identify the expected and unexpected behaviours shown in various social scenes and identify what kind of thoughts they cause in others.
Level 3 – Social Predictor. In this level the child has to determine which tool box items ( seeing, hearing, knowing and feeling ) to use in a given social context and predict what will happen next.
Level 4 – Social Decoder. In this level, the child has to guess which thoughts, emotions and smart guesses the people in the social scene are experiencing from the various options provided.
Watch the demo video of level 4 :
Level 5 – Social Tool Box. The child learns to be a social detective and identify what was seen or heard to help make a smart guess, figure out what they are thinking and finally choose what they will do next. You can verify your guess by playing the video to see what happens next.
Level 6 – Social Behaviour Mapping. Create a social map of the people behaviours and identify the consequences and feelings of themselves and others.