Level 3: Social Thinking Group
Watch Michelle Garcia Winner talk about Social Thinking:
Social Thinking Group is ATS’s intermediary level outpatient group. The group is specifically designed to continue social and verbal exposures in a group setting, while fostering social awareness through the teaching of social concepts to promote flexible thinking and appropriate social skills. Social Thinking is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP who specializes in social skills development. Using metaphors, Winner's program helps children to identify ways of thinking that are linked with emotions and behaviors. By identifying the "unthinkables" and correcting them with "thinkables", children learn to read social cues and respond accordingly. ATS's Social Thinking Group is ideal for children who tend to be strong-willed, rigid in their thinking, tend to avoid groups and/or have difficulty in groups, and who need general social skills practice to improve their relationships. As schools focus more on academic group work, group social skills are becoming more and more important.
Social Thinking Therapy Group at ATS is considered an intermediary (Level 3) outpatient group. The prerequisites are as follows:
- Must have completed sessions at ATS within the last three months, including at least one peer session (1:1 Child to Therapist ratio) or group session (1:3 Child to Therapist ratio).
- Demonstrates the ability to separate from parent(s) after a 5-10 min warm up during individual therapy session and group therapy session.
- Demonstrates the ability to respond directly to Group Therapist in the presence of a peer during the Preview Session.
- Demonstrates the ability to participate in verbal interaction with peers when prompted by group therapist at the Preview Session.
If you are not sure if your child meets these prerequisites, talk it over with your child's ATS therapist. If it has been over three months since your child has been in treatment at ATS, then a refresher session may be necessary to reacquaint your child. If you think an introductory group is more appropriate, then consider Come Play or Courage Club.
Advanced Therapeutic Solutions
600 W 22nd St. Suite 250, Oak Brook IL 60523
Benefits of Group Therapy
*Provides a safe space
*Reduces isolation and alienation
*Allows the giving and receiving of support
*Helps with finding individual voice
*Enables the expression of feelings/needs
*Assists in the building of self-esteem and social skills
*Offers a cost-effective approach