by Michelle Garcia winner and Stephanie Madrigal
for ages 8 – 13
In this newest comic, children become familiar with several ways to squash the powers of two, related Unthinkable characters: One-Sided Sid, who gets people to talk only about themselves, and his sidekick sister Un-Wonderer, who likes to keep people from thinking about others. This clever duo tries to get students to do or say things that show they’re only thinking about themselves and not others.
Students learn helpful strategies to regulate their own behaviors when Sid and his sister invade their thinking:
• Social wonders versus world wonders
• People files
• The Boredom Alert
• Noticing interested/not interested clues in others
• Interest-O-Meter strategy
• Add-a-Thought strategy
• Ask-a-Question strategy
• Question Word Bank: who, what, where, when, why, and how?
The accompanying CD includes 11 related lessons that help children practice the strategies introduced in the book.
About the Superflex Series
Superflex, our Social Thinking superhero, helps teach elementary school students how they can use strategies to conquer their own not quite so flexible social thinking, characterized by the Team of Unthinkables. Through the humorous and delightful comic books that are part of this teaching series, students are encouraged to think about thinking and what they can do to self-regulate some of their own wayward thoughts and behaviors.
Complete with charming illustrations and many concrete, useful lessons, this curriculum is becoming a motivating and valuable tool for working with our elementary school students with social learning challenges.
To be used effectively, parents and educators need to start at the beginning, introduce core concepts, and work through the Superflex curriculum before sharing this comic book (or others to follow) with children. Books should be introduced in this order:
1. You Are a Social Detective!
2. Superflex… A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum
3. Superflex Takes on Rock Brain and the Team of Unthinkables (packaged with the Superflex Curriculum book)
Once these three books have been used with a child or class, adults are free to move on to any of the individual Unthinkables books we have produced to date, in any order that meets the child’s social thinking challenges or interests:
• Superflex Takes on Glassman and the Team of Unthinkables
• Superflex Takes on Brain Eater and the Team of Unthinkables
• Superflex Takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables
Reviews of Superflex Takes on One-Sided Sid
“A ‘smorgasbord’ of material for teaching some of the most challenging aspects of social learning: showing interest in others and flexible thinking. It will keep you coming back for more!” -Beckham L., SLP
“Thanks Superflex Academy once again! This book is packed with loads of strategies to tackle key Social Thinking concepts in FUN, easy to read and practical ways. I love teaching my students to use the Interest-O-Meter to support their thinking to defeat One-Sided Sid and Un-Wonderer.” -DM, Special Educator
“This book creatively embeds many Social Thinking concepts throughout, using both text and illustrations. I’m eager to join my students as we enjoy and absorb the rich content hidden inside.” -Linda M., CCC-SLP
About the Authors
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist who coined the term “Social Thinking” as well as the related treatment strategies. She runs a clinic in San Jose, California, works with clients, consults, develops training materials and travels internationally giving workshops.
Stephanie Madrigal, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist who co-developed the Superflex teaching series with Michelle. She received her BA and MA from San Jose State University and worked at the Social Thinking Center for many years. Stephanie now resides in Watsonville, California, and is part of Growing Social, a program to teach children with social learning challenges within an organic farm environment.
Kyle Richardson is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Portland, Oregon. Illustration began as a childhood hobby, as he doodled for hours in his room. Kyle studied graphic design at Azusa Pacific University. “Illustration is a great way for me to get my creativity onto paper.” He is always looking for the next project to tackle. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For parents and professionals to use
- For ages: 8-13
- Published: 2013
- Publisher: Think Social Publishing
- Format: Paperback
- CD: Includes lessons & handouts, Mac/PC compatible
- Pages: 84
- Item No: 978-0-9701320-5-5