The social world is a big, complicated place where we are all social detectives as we observe, gather and make sense of the clues in different social contexts (settings, situations and the people in them) to figure out the hidden rules for expected behaviours, as well as to understand how we each feel and think about others in a situation. This 2nd edition teaches social learners the power of observation, reading context, and interpreting clues to then choose how to respond in ways that meet their social goals.
A new structured approach to observation, new illustrations reflecting a broader range of inclusion and diversity in characters, practice pages and activities for deeper learning, specific teaching tips and a glossary of Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts are just some of the new material you’ll find inside.
Guide readers on a journey of discovery where they can:
- Learn formulas for gathering clues by observing a setting, the situation, and the people involved
- Be empowered to figure out how the social world works through their own detective lens
- Learn to identify feelings and emotions and connect them to behaviours
- Understand that all feelings are okay, even uncomfortable ones and we can still learn and grow
- Get support from emojis and special word banks
- Find Social Thinking® core vocabulary words highlighted throughout to support and strengthen key learning concepts
- Have numerous opportunities to make smart guesses about hidden social rules in various situations
- See examples and tips for school, home and community life
- Celebrate how all of us are social observers who are affected by others’ actions and reactions
What’s new in this 2nd Edition
- A structured approach to observation and clue gathering
- In this new edition, we’ve added a structured approach to observing what’s happening and gathering clues for figuring out the hidden rules in a wide variety of situations—from the playground, maths class and school cafeteria to bedtime at home. Kids not only learn how to tune into the social world around them but also to examine their own and others’ actions and reactions, figuring out how a certain behavioural response influences their own and others’ thoughts and feelings
- Practice pages for applying learning: Also new to the second edition are six practice pages with scenarios across a variety of environments, including the playground, home, and classroom settings. This storybook covers a lot of ground in teaching and practising self-awareness and social competencies—and it also teaches interventionists (parents, caregivers, and professionals) and their social learners the Social Thinking® Vocabulary and concepts to support the social-emotional learning process.
- Updated illustrations: New illustrations promote inclusion and diversity with the addition of a girl Social Detective and everyday social learners of diverse races, different body types, and varied physical differences, all learning how to observe everyday situations and collect vital clues for understanding the hidden rules for expected behaviours.
- Glossary of Social Thinking® Vocabulary: Throughout the book, keywords are highlighted in bold. These keywords represent the Social Thinking® Vocabulary, concepts that can be used in just about every environment, by everyone in the process of discovering and practising social thinking. The words are also fully defined in a glossary in the front of the book for easy reference. All vocabulary helps to identify aspects of the social-emotional chain reaction, which describes how each person is part of something larger than themselves in every social situation.