ERIC Number: ED189796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Group Discussions with the Emotionally Handicapped.
Pepper, Floy Childers; Roberson, Mickey
The paper discusses the use of regularly scheduled classroom group discussions in the treatment of emotionally disturbed (ED) children, to assist them in learning alternative ways of acting and interacting and to move them from feelings of discouragement and negativism to the point where they can effect change in themselves, feel confident in their problem solving abilities, and feel that they belong. Four mistaken goals that ED children pursue are examined, and suggestions are offered on how to recognize them. These mistaken goals include desiring undue attention, power seeking, revenge seeking, and displaying inadequacy in order to be left alone. Group discussions are examined with special reference to the ideas of equality and mutual respect. Other aspects covered include preparing for group discussions, preparing ED students for group discussions, the purposes of group discussions, the teacher's role, leadership, and qualities needed for leaders of group discussions. Techniques for dealing with ED children in group discussions are also offered. (DLS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Multnomah County Intermediate Education District, Portland, OR.