Social Thinking

The Social Thinking Program at Centreville Layton School is modeled after the work of Michelle Garcia Winner who states, “Improving one’s social thinking will help to improve their social skills (social behavior), reading comprehension of literature, written 13568989_10153522664955764_6274478385009036687_oexpression, narrative language, playing with peers, working as part of a group, forming peer networks, etc. Much of what we do in school, at work, and as part of the community requires understanding the perspectives of other people and thus – social thinking.”  Students learn skills to be flexible social thinkers and social problem solvers.  They learn about their own social behavior and strategies on how to regulate it.  Concepts and strategies are taught using a multimodel approach through classroom instruction and individual intervention.  These lessons are then reinforced by teachers/staff during “in the moment” situations.  

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The difference is clear

Our son learned the valuable skills of teamwork, patience and perseverance during his time at Centreville Layton as well as the academic strategies to move forward into a typical high school setting. Centreville Layton strikes a great balance of family-like warmth and discipline in a beautiful country setting.

Jan B.
Former Parent

This past year has been completely transformational for our daughter and her positive strides have been noticeable both at home and at school. She is growing into the best version of herself and her teachers at CLS have played a significant role in her progress.

Michelle L.
Middle School parent

This year, I’ve learned to understand that acceptance is greatly appreciated but difficult to find. Compared to where I came from, CLS houses some of the most accepting people that I’ve ever met. I am thankful for every little act of kindness shown towards me or even towards another student. They have not gone unnoticed.


We’re prepared for this because we’ve learned how to work hard, solve problems, be independent, happy, responsible and kind to all.


The support from my teachers taught me not just reading and writing, but to embrace who I am, to learn from my mistakes and grow because of them.