A social cognitive assessment utilizing a modified version of the Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment Protocol and I LAUGH model (Winner, 2007). The I LAUGH model is the framework representing the many different concepts needed to relate to those around us enabling successful interpretation of social information across environments including academic lessons (e.g. reading comprehension and written expression).
The Center utilizes Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking® curriculum as a foundation for all activities. The primary focus of the center is to teach children how thinking affects behavior and emotions (Winner, 2007). Michelle Garcia Winner's (2007) I LAUGH model focuses on concepts that contribute to a child's overall Social Thinking®.
Below are the areas targeted in I LAUGH:
How it affects classroom functioning
Type of Deficit
How it affects social interaction
poor Initiation of communication and action
Does not ask for help
Sits and does nothing when others are doing something
In group work, may not participate or only know how to direct others; weak negotiator
Does not initiate appropriate social interactions or begin working on novel activity
Listening - with eyes and brain
Does not easily process the meaning of spoken messages
Does not predict people's unstated plans
Poor sustained eye contact diminishes understanding of total communicative message
Difficulty functioning in large groups; needs more direct instruction
Does not observe social cues
Does not process the meaning of others' messages
Step 4: Scoring, Interpretation and Written Report
Dr. Solomon will score all the tests, review performance and observations, analyze the results, and integrate all the data into a written report.
Step 5: Feedback Session with Parents/ Caregivers
During the feedback session, results are reviewed. The child's strengths and weaknesses are discussed, and recommendations are tailored to address the child's specific difficulties.