ERIC Number: ED403694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Social Skills Instruction: A Collaborative Approach.
Warger, Cynthia L.; Rutherford, Robert, Jr.
This manual and the accompanying videotape are designed to provide a practical way to teach social skills to all students in grades K-8, including students with disabilities, in the classroom and across other school settings. The strategy's collaborative approach was designed for general and special education teachers who are working with other school specialists such as guidance counselors, school psychologists, classroom aides, and librarians. The approach offers an instructional framework that can be adapted to fit any teaching style and classroom configuration, rather than a prepackaged set of curriculum lessons that must be strictly followed. It provides a method for infusing social skills into the school day, rather than adding on another subject. Teachers move through three phases as they implement the framework: curriculum planning, instruction and implementation, and student self control. Five instructional strategies are recommended: direct instruction, modeling, practice, social reinforcement or feedback, and self control. Following an overview of the social skills program, the manual discusses why social skills are critical to school success, explains the social skills intervention program on which this instructional framework is based (R. Rutherford and others, 1992), provides a facilitator's guide for leading a workshop on teaching social skills, and shows how the framework can be tailored to a whole classroom context. Recommendations are made for organizing training for implementing the program and troubleshooting issues that typically arise. Appendices contain activity handouts and blackline masters of overheads. The 60-minute videotape features teachers using the instructional approach in elementary classrooms. (Contains over 90 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Intervention, Prevention, Skill Development, Social Behavior, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Methods
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191 ($99 nonmember; $89 member); Exceptional Innovations, Inc., P.O. Box 6085, Ann Arbor, MI 48106; telephone: 419-536-8560 ($89).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Exceptional Innovations, Ann Arbor, MI.
Note: Accompanying videotape not available from EDRS. For a related document, see EC 305 399.