Do you have a child that struggles with his or her social skills? Does your child have difficulty reading social cues from peers and/or adults? Does your child have trouble having engaging conversations with his or her peers?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I highly recommend this book by Social Thinking titled, Superflex takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables by Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal. This is the fourth comic book in the Superflex series that helps children learn strategies about social behavior and how to regulate it.
What concepts will your child learn from this book?
- 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?
In this book, One-Sided Sid and his sister Un-Wonderer are on a mission to invade the brains of the citizens of Social Town. If you are not familiar with the Superflex series, you may be wondering, “Who is One-Sided Sid?” One-Sided Sid is on the team of the Unthinkables who gets people to only talk about themselves. “Who is Unwonderer?” Unwonderer doesn’t like when other people wonder about others.
Superflex takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables is ideal for grades 3-5 but can modified for younger children as well. When reading this book to younger children, I provided a lot of examples and modeled various strategies used in the book (e.g. showing them what it looks like when you are bored, not interested, engaged). This book is engaging to read, gives excellent examples and provides helpful resources for parents and educators. Supeflex also provides the reader with quizzes throughout the book that can help monitor your child’s progress. One of my favorite parts of the book is when the concept of People Files are discussed. What are people files? They are ways to organize thoughts and information about people we know and have met before. For example, if your child created a person file for their best friend, what would they include? Their best friend’s favorite tv show, favorite food, etc? The CD in the back contains a file of worksheets including people files that can help carryover all of these different concepts discussed in the book.
I love the examples given in the book, specifically with the character, Mary who is a student at Social Town Elementary School. Mary is sitting with her classmates at lunch and is only talking about herself! She talking and talking and not picking up any of the social cues of other students who are listening to her talk. Superflex is on a mission to help Mary! How will Superflex help Mary? Mary needs to learn how to tell if others are interested in what she is saying, if they are bored and how she can engage them in conversation. Mary enrolls in Superflex Academy and gets the help she needs at the end.
1. Read with expression!
2. Read at your child’s pace. I read this book over several days to my children.
3. Provide examples.
4. Print out the worksheets from the CD included in the book.
5. Have fun with it and use the quizzes during the book to test your child’s knowledge.
Check out my review of Superflex, a Superhero Thinking Curriculum and the Ten Ways to Use the Thinkables and Unthinkables Double Deck