ERIC Number: ED375579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-8
Establishing Social Skills for Exceptional Needs Students and Their Nonhandicapped Peers in the Elementary Classroom Utilizing a Social Skills Training Program.
Haak, Julie A.
This practicum was designed to teach appropriate social skills to mainstreamed elementary students with disabilities. It was determined that mainstream classroom teachers did not have adequate knowledge of social skills to promote interaction and develop friendships between disabled students and their nondisabled peers. A social skills inservice training program was provided for 28 elementary classroom teachers and a social skills training program guide was disseminated, covering friendship, cooperation, feelings, aggression, and stress. Social skills activity lessons were conducted in the classroom for all disabled and nondisabled students. Classroom teachers were provided opportunities to consult with support staff who helped implement social skills training in the mainstream. Weekly parent support meetings were held to discuss social skills concerns. Interviews with teachers and a pre/post-implementation questionnaire completed by teachers supported the positive impact of the social skills training program. Eighty-five percent of 430 mainstream nondisabled students were able to demonstrate an understanding and respect for their disabled peers. Practicum objectives concerning interaction with nondisabled peers within the community and parents' joining of support organizations were not met. Appendixes contain copies of questionnaires and an outline of the training program. (Contains approximately 70 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.