ERIC Number: ED257142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Rationale and Recommendations for the Development of a Social Skills Treatment Program for Communication Apprehension in the Physically Disabled.
Coker, Ray A.; Coker, Deborah A.
In exploring both the relationship between communication apprehension and physical disability and the impact these factors have on the interpersonal and social relationships of an individual, the need for an effective treatment program for communication apprehension in the physically disabled becomes apparent. While conditions leading to greater mobility and accessibility for physically handicapped persons improve, strategies for socially mainstreaming these individuals lag behind. Research has shown that either communication apprehension or a disability can cause debilitative communication and have negative social consequences. There is thus a need for social skills training for disabled individuals. While conditions leading to the ineffective communication situations of the visibly handicapped are extremely complex, a treatment program that includes training of verbal and nonverbal social skills would be extremely beneficial in developing overall confidence and communication competence in the physically disabled. The report also includes an 11-page list of references. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Fresno, CA, February 16-19, 1985).