ERIC Number: ED329077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Social Skills: A Guide for Teenagers, Young Adults, and Parents.
Sturomski, Neil; And Others
Intended for adolescents and young adults with learning disabilities and their parents, this curriculum addresses specific social skill problems identified in a needs assessment completed by parents. Two introductory chapters, one for parents and one for young adults, precede the curriculum. Chapter 1 examines how the individual's surroundings affect behavior and how making changes in the setting can facilitate success. Chapter 2 addresses communication skills including: listening for the real content and feelings of messages; restating messages; understanding nonverbal messages; communicating ideas; and asking questions. Decision making skills are the focus of the activities in chapter 3, which helps identify individual strengths, weaknesses, and interests and details six steps in the decision making process. The next chapter looks at skills necessary to follow directions and suggests analyzing the steps involved, double checking directions, and rehearsing new or unfamiliar directions. Chapter 5 discusses strategies for successful problem solving. It explains six problem solving steps and stresses the importance of timing. The sixth chapter looks at strategies for coping with stress and impulses or feelings such as anger. The final two chapters examine employment opportunities and options after high school. The document includes 10 references and gives addresses of four national organizations serving learning-disabled adults. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Parents
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Learning Disabilities Project, McLean, VA.