ERIC Number: ED306717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Systematic Instruction of Social Skills (Project SISS). Second Edition.
Sargent, Laurence R.
The revised curriculum addresses systematic social skills instruction of mentally retarded students, particularly those with behavioral difficulties. An introductory chapter presents a broad perspective on social competence and the rationale, methods, and content for teaching social skills. Procedures for direct instruction of social skills are also described: establishing need, identifying skills components, modeling, role playing, practice, generalization, and transfer. The bulk of the document consists of 100 lesson plans arranged by level of instruction (primary, intermediate, junior high, senior high) and focused on seven skill areas: classroom, school building, personal, interaction initiative, interaction response, community, and work. At the elementary level, lessons are directed toward skills performed in the school environment. For junior high students, instruction emphasizes social skills used in school and community environments. Peer-, community-, and work-related social skills are addressed at the high school level. The lesson format includes objectives, performance criteria, materials, and detailed procedures. Lessons teach such skills as gaining teacher attention, boarding the school bus, taking turns in games and activities, asking another child to play, staying out of fights, responding to public authority, dealing with an accusation in school, asking for a date, and negotiating on the job. Concluding the monograph are references, a social skills rating checklist, and homework report forms. (JW)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Check Lists, Class Activities, Daily Living Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Lesson Plans, Mental Retardation, Normalization (Handicapped), Peer Relationship, Prosocial Behavior, Social Cognition, Student Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Bureau of Special Education.