ERIC Number: ED219920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Social Relationships and Interpersonal Skills: A Guide for People with Sensory and Physical Limitations.
Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church, VA.
Intended for individuals with physical or sensory handicaps, the guide explores the social and interpersonal implication of disability and suggests alternative ways of dealing with related problems. Chapter 1 looks at the social environment that people with disabilities encounter. Potential social problems and types of situations the disabled may encounter are clarified. A second chapter presents two major approaches to managing problems--using general social skills based on principles of interpersonal relationships, communication, and attraction which are appropriate for people in general; and using specialized social skills for dealing with common aspects of all disabilities. Problematic situations that arise with specific disabilities are examined in chapter 3 and techniques for dealing with them are suggested. Among the problems addressed are bowel and bladder problems, reactions to deformity and disfigurement, and nonvisible disabilities. A fourth chapter surveys some of the major issues to consider in social situations which involve brief encounters, repeated interactions, and close relationships. Characteristics of constructive feedback are listed. A final chapter discusses ways to acquire the interpersonal skills in various settings, through a number of exercises and practice situations, and by using learning materials. Suggestions for further reading and a reader response form complete the guide. (SW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church, VA.