*I received a free copy of You Are a Social Detective! from Think Social Publishing, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
You Are a Social Detective! by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke
You Are a Social Detective! intrigued me because I’m always looking for ways to help my daughter understand the intricacies of social interaction and engagement that elude her and because it explains the Social Thinking® model developed by Michelle Garcia Winner to children. I wanted to learn more myself because I need to move from telling my daughter to behave certain ways in various situations to having her understand why she should change her behavior.
The book does not disappoint. I read this book to both of my children in the car as we traveled for a family vacation. They were both engaged with the text, and it led to some great discussions. You Are a Social Detective! introduces children to a special vocabulary developed by Michelle Garcia Winner that explains Social Thinking® in words they can understand. Our biggest takeaway was the concept of “expected” versus “unexpected” behavior. Finally, my daughter understands why some of her behaviors are socially inappropriate and why her behavior sometimes elicits the response it does!
My neurotypical daughter described You Are a Social Detective! as “One of my favorite books ever!”, and I use the concepts it describes often with my younger daughter to help her develop her social skills.
Michelle Garcia Winner has really hit on something with You Are a Social Detective!—teaching children to “think socially” and not just change their behavior for reasons they don’t understand. The distinction has made all the difference in my family!
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