P.E.O.P.L.E SMART Curriculum


Our P.E.O.P.L.E SMART Curriculum has grown out of Michelle Garcia Winner’s worldwide Social Thinking curriculum, books and trainings www.socialthinking.com. Social Thinking is what individuals do when interacting with other people: namely, they think about them. Most people take social thinking for granted, as it is generally an intuitive process that considers the points of view, emotions, and intentions of others.

Social Thinking strategies teach individuals

– How their own social minds work and why they and others react and respond the way they do;

– How their behaviors affect the way others perceive and respond to them;

– How this affects their own emotions, responses to and relationships with others across different social contexts.

Problem Solving

One’s ability to recognize friction or difficulty within a social environment. This involves mentally recognizing the social problem, to naming said singular problem through a neutral non emotive lens, followed by thinking rationally about the perspectives of those involved with the “problem” needs to be solved with a mutually agreed upon solution.

Solution: Resolutions that come from a emotionally regulated person with rational thought processes. strength based consistently create and execute own problem-solving maps across various social/problematic situations.

Executive Functioning

An umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage other cognitive processes, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, and initiation and monitoring of tasks.

Solution: Effective EF skills begin with an individuals ability to organize their thoughts and subsequent actions. This allows the person to consistently complete both simple and multiple step tasks without prompt, create graphic organizational maps, lists and steps to successfully complete tasks in a timely manner.

Observation Skills

Social radar, is one’s ability accurately gauge their surroundings, noting both mundane and unusual things, people and actions. Observation skills allow the person to notice and understand reactions, feelings and patterns of thinking by looking at the micro facial expressions, macro body gestures and subsequent behaviors.

Solution: Socially evolved individuals are able to mirror the nonverbal behavior and pace of conversations congruent body position, facial expressions and gestures.

Perspective Taking

A formal definition of Theory of Mind is, “an understanding of other people’s mental states” (their thoughts, feelings, desires, motivations, intentions). Perspective taking skills allows people to understand others point of view, taking in consideration other people backgrounds, experience, as well as feeling about a certain subject.

Solution: Consistently sees shades of gray, takes other’s feelings and beliefs into account, is a peacemaker and has the ability to “agree to disagree” during conflict.

Linguistic Management

When communicating, one must consider how their spoken, written and non verbal signals will be received prior to delivering their message based on the thoughts, feelings, prior knowledge, experiences, intentions, and needs of their communicative partner.

Solution: understands figurative language, as well as start and maintain reciprocal conversations with peers and adults on a wide range of topics and self-correct social blunders with grace and

Emotion Regulation

A broad set of skills and abilities that help keep the emotional system healthy and functioning. Effective regulation of emotions, implies the ability to first recognize a) a feeling or multiple emotion(s) to external antecedents or internal thoughts about social or b) the ability to recognize one is having an emotional response to said stimuli c) understand what is it, accept it and access strategies that allow then to reduce the intensity of the emotion when needed.

Solution: Cognitive behavioral deconstruction of cognitive distortions held by an individual. The consistently use I-statements, tell I-Stories, take responsibility for emotions, behaviors, and subsequent consequences or decisions made by a group or individual.