ERIC Number: ED240751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Project SISS: Social Skills Program. Draft
Sargent, Laurence R.
The curriculum, developed by Project SISS (Systematic Instruction of Social Skills) in Des Moines, Iowa, contains about 100 lessons for use with mildly mentally handicapped children at primary, intermediate, junior high, and senior high levels. The social skill lessons were developed along an age related, expanding milieu concept and include the following broad areas: getting along with teachers and school officials; getting along with peers; getting along in the community; and getting along on the job. Lessons are based on a direct instruction model involving a six step procedure: (1) etablishing the need, (2) identifying skill components, (3) modeling the skill, (4) role playing the skill, (5) practicing the skill, and (6) generalizing and transfering the skill to other settings. Instructions are given for assessing student needs and for carrying out the lessons. Suggestions are also given for followup and performance deficits including use of a token economy, behavioral contracts, peer instruction, cognitive behavior modification, and home contingencies. Suggestions are also given for creating more lessons. Sample lessons include the following: attending to teacher during instruction (primary), taking turns in games and activities (primary), completing work on time (intermediate), asking peers for help (intermediate), dealing with embarrassment (junior high), initiating conversations (junior high), using free time productively (senior high), and negotiating on the job (senior high). Appended are the Social Skills Rating Checklist and camera ready homework forms. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. Div. of Special Education.
Identifiers: Project SISS
Note: The document was sponsored by Smouse Opportunity School, Des Moines Independent School District.