Our summer social learning groups have been a blast! This week we continued to work on defeating the Unthinkables One-Sided Sid and Un-Wonderer. For more information about One Sided-Sid and Un-Wonderer, please go to www.socialthinking.com. Superflex® and the Unthinkables© were developed and copyrighted by Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal.

Here’s a glimpse of what our session looked like:

Group lesson was inspired by Social Thinking®, Superflex®, and The Incredible Flexible You™ curriculums by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and by The Zones of Regulation®, by Leah Kuypers, MA. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com. 

Breathing Practice with the Chime. We begin each class by listening to the chime as we take deep breaths. This calms our minds and body and brings our focus to the group. 

Checking In: Each person shares what Zone they are in and one thing they enjoyed doing recently. We add this  information to our People Files!

Talk Time: Review strategies we have learned so far to defeat One-Sided Sid and the Un-Wonderer. One-Sided Sid gets people to only talk about themselves. Un-Wonderer stops people from having Social Wonders about others. Introduce today’s new strategies: Adding a Thought and Adding a Question. 

Book: Superflex® Takes on One-Sided Sid©, Un-Wonderer© and the Team of Unthinkables©. (Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.) Read Pages 43-49.

Video Clips: 

1. Flummox and Friends “Milo and Wanda’s Conversation” (0.59) Wanda and Milo are both talking at the same time on two different topics!

2. Paleontological Debate (0.30) From Toy Story Treats. Rex debates endlessly about whether or not dinosaurs were hot-blooded or cold-blooded. Eventually, most of the toys get bored and leave.

3. Model Me Kids Conversation Cues “Maintain Conversation”


Activity 1: Balancing a Conversation.

Practice having a “Just Me” or a “Thinking about You” conversation by using a toy scale to show balance in the conversation. Topic ideas include movies, summer vacations, or favorite activities. Show the wrong way first when someone talks on and on and doesn’t let another person add a thought or question. The scale will not balance if the other person doesn’t add to the conversation. Here’s the scale I found through Amazon: http://http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Resources-Primary-Bucket-Balance/dp/B000296LRK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436377430&sr=8-1&keywords=toy+scale&pebp=1436377434989&perid=0BR7W3SEYDT1BHRM9EYZ

Activity 2: Green Zone Conversations (activity inspired by Joel Shaul’s The Green Zone Conversation Book and fellow blogger Robin McCallister at https://lunchbuddiesplus.wordpress.com/.) Here’s a link to the book: http://http://www.amazon.com/Green-Zone-Conversation-Book-Children/dp/1849057591/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436377578&sr=1-1&keywords=green+zone+conversation&pebp=1436377580509&perid=1QAF6HHF69MPM51DS5FG


  • Three clear cups
  • Yellow and blue food coloring
  • Water


  1. Put the three cups in a row.
  2. Add water to fill about 1/3 of each of the two cups on the end. Leave the cup in the middle empty.
  3. The water represents two different people having a “conversation”.
  4. Add about 3 or 4 drops of yellow food coloring to one cup of water. Add 3 or 4 drops of blue food coloring to the other cup of water. The colored water represents each person only talking about their interests.
  5. The empty cup in the middle is called the “No Zone.” Joel Shaul explains that the “No Zone” is when you talk for a long time about something the other person does not care about. How does it make the other person feel if you show no interest in the other person and you only talk about yourself?
  6. Ask the students to make a smart guess as to what might happen if the yellow person and the blue person start talking about the same topic and share in the conversation by adding comments and asking questions.
  7. Ask the students to “think with their eyes” as you pour the two cups of water at the same time into the empty cup.
  8. Now the cup in the middle holds green water as the yellow and blue water mixed. We related the green cup of water to the Green Zone from Zones of Regulation. When you are thinking about others and their interests and sharing in the conversation by adding questions and comments, you are in the Green Zone. Plus, you have defeated One-Sided Sid and the Un-Wonderer!

Activity 3: Rainbow Snakes 

Rainbow Snakes & Social Thinking® Concepts:

The plain White Snake bubble represents being a “Just Me Person” when you talk for a long time about yourself without thinking about the other person. This may make our friends feel bored and annoyed.

The Rainbow Snake Bubble represents being a “Thinking about You” person when you let others “add a thought” or “add a question.” The colors are what you add to the conversation. The conversation is more interesting as everyone adds to the fun.


  • Empty 16 oz. plastic bottle (try to get a stronger plastic bottle- some newer bottles are too flimsy)
  • Bowl of bubble solution (see recipe below)
  • Box cutters
  • Piece of fabric similar to a washcloth or sock
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Rubber bands


  1. Find a clean, empty plastic 16 or 20 oz bottle.
  2. Using a pair of box-cutters (and adult supervision), carefully cut the bottom off of the plastic bottle. Note: I precut all of my bottles.
  3. Cover the freshly-cut hole with a piece of fabric similar to a washcloth or cotton sock. I find that a bigger piece works better. Use a rubber band to keep the fabric in place.
  4. Dip the fabric-covered end of the bottle into the bowl of bubble solution.
  5. Blow into the mouth of the plastic bottle. Be careful not to suck as a mouth full of soap isn’t too much fun.
  6. Observe the white rainbow snake you just made. Talk about how the white snake represents someone that is only talking about themselves.
  7. Now add a few drops of the food coloring to the fabric on the end of your bottle. Talk about the colors representing you adding to the conversation with questions and comments.
  8. Dip the fabric in the bubble solution and give the bottle a blow.
  9. Wow! You have a Rainbow Snake!

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Super Bubble Solution:


  • Dawn liquid dish soap- try to find one that doesn’t say ‘Ultra’
  • Distilled or tap water
  • Clean container with lid
  • Glycerin
  1. Measure 6 cups of water into one container, then pour 1 cup of dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form while you stir.
  2. Measure 1 tablespoon of glycerin and add it to the container. If you used “Ultra” dish soap, double the amount of glycerin.
  3. Stir the solution until it is mixed together.
  4. Let your super bubble solution sit overnight.

Hope you enjoyed this group lesson. How has your group defeated One-Sided Sid and Un-Wonderer?


Mary 48p3R7iH_400x400



About mhkeiger

I am a Social Learning Specialist and owner of Ausomely Social LLC. I have presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference. I received my bachelor's degree in English from Salem College and my master's degree in Cross-Categorical Education from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. I am a long-term member of the Autism Society of North Carolina. I was awarded Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2003. I have over 29 years of extensive training and experience in the area of social skills.

4 responses »

  1. Annie Doyle says:

    What amazing ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them here!


  2. Awesome lessons, Mary! I have not used Model Me Kids but will take a look at it now.

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    • mhkeiger says:

      Robin, I have all of the Model Me Kids videos. I just got the app, too. The app seems to have even more lessons. Some of the narrations can be a little slow for my more typical students. I also like the Fitting in and Having Fun videos.


  3. Great ideas! Thanks so much


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