IMG_4454.jpgOne of the amazing things about attending the Annual Social Thinking® Global Providers’ Conference are all the fun and engaging strategies you can take right back to the classroom or your social learning group. This summer, my group explored making Brain Boards, an idea presented by Nancy Clements of Social Thinking Boston. Brain Boards are a great way to learn more about your brain and encourage positive self-esteem. After reviewing emotional vocabulary and discussing several clips from the movie Inside Out, we talked about our strengths and some tools that can help us with self-awareness and self-regulation. We even added our own Personality Islands to the Brain Board. This project is a work in progress and some of the children also used the board as a reflection of all the thoughts and feelings going on inside their head. Next steps will include more on self-talk and ways we can get reset. Building a growth mindset and resiliency is such an important step in social problem solving.

For more information, be sure to check out this article by Michelle Garcia Winner, founder and CEO of Social Thinking®: 5 Teaching Ideas Connected to Pixar’s Movie Inside Out

Hope to see you at the next Social Thinking conference!



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 



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. What a terrific idea, Mary! I have been reading about and exploring the Imagination Foundation and the chapter that Nancy Tarshis and her team presented on at the conference. Wish I had been there to see and hear about how they formed their unique chapter. So many great ideas.


    • mhkeiger says:

      Thank you, Robin! I was so inspired by Nancy’s team! I looked into starting a chapter with the Imagination Foundation, but sounds like they aren’t starting any new chapters anytime soon. Still, I have been collecting cardboard boxes for projects this fall!


  2. I love the paper plate meters and brain mapping activity, thanks for sharing. I’d love to do a bulletin board of brain islands this year!


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