Social Thinking

I went to an incredible conference on Friday for work, but also so relevant as a mother to my children, Joshua with his autism, but also Michael with his Sensory Processing Disorder and Rachel with her ADD tendencies, as well as Sarah with her anxiety.  The topic was Social Thinking and the speaker was Beckham Linton, M.A., CCC-SLP.  Wow!

The Conference was put on by the Panhandle Autism Society and was attended by school personnel, speech therapists, special education teachers and aides, occupational therapists, doctors, physical therapists, habilitative intervention specialists and support staff, parents, grandparents, and I’m sure I missed some more.  What a treat to see so many professionals and parents who have children on the autism spectrum learn how to support our kids to grow in all the many nuances of social behavior that will help them be successful in life, truly successful!  What blessed me the most, was seeing every single one of Joshua’s treatment team, both at Synergy Healthcare of Idaho and with his school, as well as my coworkers, at Syringa Family Partnership in attendance.

What is Social Thinking?  Beckham shared that it  is

The ability to consider your own and others thoughts, emotions, beliefs, intentions, knowledge, etc. to help interpret and respond to the information in your mind and possibly through your social behavioral interactions.

There was so much information and I want to respect the copyright of Social Thinking and encourage folks to go and look over the website as there are a lot of valuable resources.  I am hoping to add to my collection and get one of the foundational books called:

I already own the book Zones of Regulation and am incorporating it not only at work, our agency has embraced this program for our clients, but am also working on teaching the principles to my kids at home.  Joshua is in a Zones of Regulation Boys Group at Syringa Family Partnership and apparently, working to really understand the concepts, setting up a Girls Cars Group, that meets on Tuesdays, and a Boy Cars Group that meets on Thursdays.  Mater, the Tow Truck, is the one leading the group.  I have been enjoying Joshua talking about what he is learning and how to put it into practice.

One Friday morning, as I was getting ready for work, Joshua wanted me to put some cut outs on some paper to display in our house.  Looking closer, I noticed that it appeared that the cut outs came from my book!  I asked Joshua where he got the cut outs.  He immediately says, “I’m sorry Mommy!”  I asked him where my book was.  He said, “I don’t know” while looking toward the bookshelf in the living room.  There it was.  Looking inside I discovered what I had feared, the page cut out of my resource book.  I asked him, “Joshua, what Zone is Mommy in right now?”  “The Yellow Zone!” he exclaimed.  How accurate he was!  After finishing getting ready and calming myself down to the Green Zone, I was quite impressed with this boy, so eager to learn. I reminded Joshua that we had a colored printer/scanner/copier and next time, we can make a copy of the pages he wants and save my book…Sigh…Gosh, I love this boy!

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Such a great day to learn with other parents and professionals, laughing and encouraging one another while practicing “Flexible Thinking” throughout the time together.  I was challenged to see how to apply the concepts when I got home to my kids, who had been home all day with a day home from school.  They had a list of chores to work on and sure made some concerted effort, doing the best they could.  I was renewed with a determination to see how to help them do the best job they are capable of.  Having a clean(er) house is always a good thing!

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