ERIC Number: ED333666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Increasing Positive Interpersonal Interactions: A Social Intervention for Students with Learning Disabilities in the Regular Classroom.
Bennerson, Denise; And Others
This study evaluated two social skills interventions designed to increase the peer acceptance of six students (ages 10-12) with learning disabilities in regular classrooms. The students were instructed in two social skills strategies as well as in skills for working in small groups and leading group activities. Two mnemonic devices were used to facilitate the skills training, the FAST Strategy and the SLAM Strategy. The FAST Strategy (Freeze and Think, Alternatives, Solution, Try It) aids in interpersonal problem solving. The SLAM Strategy (Stop whatever you're doing, Look the person in the eye, Ask the person a question if you do not understand exactly what s/he means, Make an appropriate response to the person) enables students to accept and assimilate negative feedback and remarks by others. The SLAM strategy was practiced by the target students and presented to the class in the form of a rap song. Compared to a similar control classroom, results suggest modest intervention effects, with some increases in peer ratings of acceptance of the targeted students by their regular education peers. (15 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (69th, Atlanta, GA, April 1-5, 1991).