In this webcast, Brett Page provides an overview of Social Thinking and explains the necessity of explicitly teaching social skills concepts to students with visual impairments and/or other disabilities from earliest childhood. Social Thinking, developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, entails understanding how to impact other people in a positive social way, which then positively impacts the individual who is blind or visually impaired.
It is very important to explicitly teach children with visual impairment the rules and social techniques that often are taken for granted, because they are not able to observe and learn social interaction skills through watching others. Learning good social skills through Social Thinking techniques can lead to developing quality friendships and family relationships, romantic relationships, getting and keeping jobs, and even staving off depression and social anxiety. Good social interactions can be taught, and are critically important to a happy and satisfying life for everyone.