Just to catch you up… therapy for me this fall has been focused on a lot of the Social Thinking activities. I’m using the Superflex Curriculum with my 2nd-5th graders with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I’ve reviewed the program and some supplemental books. I’ve been talking about getting started, making crafts, making jello brains, using accessories, and playing games all related to Superflex. So as part of the Social Thinking blogging team, I get to provide you reviews of their materials. Since I’ve been using them so much this year it’s the perfect match! Today I’m reviewing 3 more books in the Superflex Series. Social Town Citizens Discover 82 New Unthinkables for Superflex to Outsmart! This book features a new program to address Unthinkables. Superflex’s Very Cool Five-Step Power Plan is a strategy developed by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner called Superflex’s Very Cool Five-Step Power Plan. It provides students with even more tools to strengthen their social processing. In the Power Plan, students learn about 5 critical powers:
|#1 Decider: the ability to stop, decide, and describe which Unthinkable(s) is trying to overpower your superflexible thinking. As Decider explained to Superflex, it doesn’t make sense to use a strategy designed to defeat Mean Jean if he was trying to defeat WasFunnyOnce!|
|#2 Social Detective: the ability to stop and observe the situation and the people in it. Social Detective taught Superflex about using clues from his eyes, ears, and brain to help understand the situation and the people in the situation.|
|#3 Brakester: the power to stop and think to discover the hidden rules. Brakester talked about how the hidden rules are almost like hidden treasures because they’re the secrets of the social situation and help to explain why people are expected to act in certain ways!|
|#4 Flex DoBODY: the power to use flexible thinking to determine strategies to use to do what’s expected. Flex showed Superflex things he must practice each day to learn to flexibly pick the best choice to make at the right time and in the right place. Superflex understood that thinking and observing are super important but using flexible thinking, making choices, and carrying out a plan to defeat an Unthinkable are also important. This power helps Superflex finish any job he’s started!|
|#5 Cranium Coach: using self-talk with help from your built-in brain coach! From Cranium Coach, Superflex learned how to use his inner brain coach to motivate himself to keep working to defeat whatever Unthinkable was near or to call on a Thinkable when necessary.|
The book introduces 82 new Unthinkables. This has really been an ‘encyclopedia’ for my students. Most often the need to label an Unithinkable arises in a ‘real life’ situation. We’ve been using the 82 New Unthinkables to locate the applicable Unthinkable. If we don’t find one that fits we can make our own. There are also 14 new Thinkables submitted by Social Town citizens of all ages. These are Superflex’s buddies who encourage flexible thinking! The book retails for $32 on the Social Thinking website or is available on Amzon (affiliate links provided.) Superflex takes on Glassman and the Team of Unthinkables and Superflex takes on Brain Eater and the Team of Unthinkables Superflex takes on Glassman is a great teaching comic book. It features Aiden heading back to school. Aiden has to explain to his teachers and principal that he is Superflex. Superflex is now very busy at school looking out for Glassman, who makes people have huge upset reactions. Glassman and his team make several students get upset throughout the day. Glassman helps them find 3 different strategies (calm down, look at other options, identify big/little problems, and use positive self talk.) Superflex takes on Brain Eater, focuses on distractors. Superflex teaches the students strategies for defeating Brain Eater including using fidgets, keeping your body in the group, inside the brain and outside the brain distractors, using a distractor shield, and using a checklist. I LOVE these books. If you’re already used to the comic book format, you know students love it! These two comic books are way more full of instruction than the original Superflex comic book. I hope these review help you decide what best fits the needs of your students!