ERIC Number: ED300106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Increasing Social Competency in Preschool Children Using Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention.
Brown, Terry Blakely
A school psychologist implemented a practicum designed to increase the prosocial behaviors of children attending a preschool center that integrated handicapped (N=26) and nonhandicapped (N=22) children. Observations had indicated that many of the children at the center were unable to work and play with others without hitting and getting hurt in return. To improve children's behavior, a social skills training program was developed. The program focused on the skills of listening to the teacher, doing what the teacher says, following classroom rules, doing the best work possible, following rules of play, assisting others, sharing with others, and coping with anger, negation, and teasing. Skits with puppets were used to present 24 stories which featured 10 social skills. One story was presented semiweekly for 12 weeks to children in four classrooms. Teachers were trained in specific techniques designed to encourage the transfer and generalization of prosocial learning to various settings in the natural environment of the center. Post-training evaluation data indicated that preschool children demonstrated fewer deficiencies in each of the 10 social skills addressed in the training program. Eight tables/figures and 33 references are provided. Appendixes include instruments used in the project, a sample from the weekly log and charts comparing studies reported in the literature. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.