ERIC Number: ED330161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-10
Reference Count: N/A
Facilitating Social Skills Development in Learning Disabled and/or Attention Deficit Disordered Second to Fifth Grade Children and Parents.
The project attempted to improve the social problem solving skills of second to fifth grade children with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders, and to offer support to their parents and improve parenting self-confidence. Both the parent group (N=9) and the children's group (N=5) used the Rochester Social Problem Solving Skills Program. Parents were trained in eight bi-weekly sessions in how to use the program at home with their child. A portion of each parent session was designed to provide parents with a support group. Children met for eight weekly sessions. A variety of games, role plays, and other activities were used to teach children the six-step Social Problem Solving Skills model. The Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist was administered pre- and post-program implementation. Both internalizing and externalizing behaviors decreased in 67% of the children of the parents' group. At least one social competence scale indicator increased for each child post-tested in the children's group. Some negative changes were noted as well. Girls showed greater reductions than boys in internalizing and externalizing behaviors, particularly in aggressive behaviors. Overall, greater gains were noted in the children of the parents' group than in the children participants' group. Parents attributed the most importance to the support portion of the group. (39 references) (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Aggression, Attention Deficit Disorders, Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Elementary Education, Games, Group Discussion, Interpersonal Competence, Learning Disabilities, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, Role Playing, Sex Differences, Social Support Groups, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rochester Social Problem Solving Skills Program
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.