ERIC Number: ED222015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Social Skills Training: A Three-Pronged Approach for Developmentally Disabled Adolescents and Young Adults.
The document is designed to provide practical information for teachers, parents, group home workers, work activity personnel, and others interested in developing social interaction skills and appropriate social behaviors in developmentally disabled adolescents and young adults. An introductory section discusses social problems of the developmentally disabled adolescent and young adult, such as lack of friends, inappropriate social behaviors, and poor self concept. The three-pronged training model for social skill development utilizes three methods--behavior modification; instruction with discussion, modeling, and role playing; and experimental exercises (such as group games and recreation activities). Program organization is detailed in terms of selection and grouping of participants, skills of trainers, organization of sessions, and training setting. Techniques used for assessing social skills are the Recreation-Social-Sexual interview, direct observation of the participant's behavior, and behavioral checklists/rating scales that inquire into social strengths and weaknesses. A final section of the booklet is concerned with the specific social skills addressed in the model, objectives, and sample training activities. Social skills fall primarily into three categories: interactive behavior skills, which are generally nonverbal; interpersonal communication skills, which require verbal interactions; and appropriate social behaviors, which are related to social norms. A final section contains bibliographies on scales with social skills components, on social skill development, and on adapted equipment. (SW)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Modification, Developmental Disabilities, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Evaluation Methods, Games, Interpersonal Competence, Learning Activities, Models, Normalization (Handicapped), Recreational Activities, Role Playing, Social Development, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Young Adults
Oregon University Health Sciences Center, Crippled Children's Division, P.O. Box 574, Portland, OR 97207 ($5.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Portland. Health Sciences Center.
Note: For related document, see EC 150 082. Supported by the Developmental Disabilites Office, Region X.