SOCIAL SPIES

Social Spies is a group program based on the well-established Social Thinking® curriculum developed by world-renowned expert Michelle Garcier-Winner and is geared toward children aged between 8 and 12 who have social learning challenges with or without a specific diagnosis (i.e. Asperger’s, High-Funtioning Autism, ADD/ADHD etc).

Signs of Social Learning Challenges

  • Has trouble making friends, keeps to him/herself
  • Socially anxious
  • Socially awkward
  • Can not see the “big picture”
  • Has trouble figuring out others’ intentions
  • Struggles with “reading” body language, facial expressions, context, etc.
  • Is struggling with reading comprehension
  • Has trouble managing his/her time
  • Poor planning and organisation skills
  • Has trouble taking notes in class
  • Is having difficulty working in a group
  • Does not understand “figurative language”
  • Difficulty initiating conversations and social interactions
  • Does not show empathy
  • Is being repeatedly bullied
  • Is refusing to participate in school activities

Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people – we think about them. How we think about people affects how we behave, how others respond to us, and our own emotions.

Social Spies brings together children of similar ages and abilities for weekly therapy sessions (or our social spies boot camp which runs the two weeks prior to the beginning of the school year).  During sessions, children are taught social thinking skills ranging from:

  • Non-verbal communication
  • Initiating conversations/small talk
  • Problem solving and negotiating
  • How their behavior impacts others
  • Emotional regulation and self control
  • Group dynamics/How to “fit in”
  • Understanding abstract language
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Perspective-taking
  • Understanding hidden social rules

The goal of Social Spies is to improve a child’s social thinking by improving their self-awareness. Only as an individual gains awareness of their own thoughts, emotions, and intentions can they become increasingly aware of the thoughts, emotions, intentions, and actions of others.