by Ali Katz, Camp Firefly Counselor
At Camp Firefly we have found that the Social Thinking ® approach, developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, has proven to be the most appropriate for our recreational camp therapy model, and best for meeting the needs of our campers.
Social Thinking ® has been described as a way of thinking flexibly about every unique situation and person whom we encounter. It is not necessarily an approach for teaching basic social skills, but a way to engage a child, teen or adult in initiating and responding to interactions that instill confidence, happiness and success!
The Social Thinking ® approach has various models which help to understand how to tailor strategies for teaching flexible thinking. One such model is called the ILAUGH ® model. It is an acronym that describes the skills needed to be successful within social interactions.