ERIC Number: ED491794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Promoting Social Success: A Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
Siperstein, Gary N.; Rickards, Emily Paige
Brookes Publishing Company
Field-tested with 400 elementary school students, this curriculum focuses on developing the cognitive skills behind appropriate social behavior rather than teaching children a set of specific behaviors to enact. Along with a thorough overview, teachers will get 66 activity-based lessons on social skills, organized around topics that build on each other. Students will learn to: assess their own emotional states and develop new coping mechanisms; identify and interpret social cues and other interpersonal dynamics; set appropriate social goals, generate problem-solving strategies, and think about the consequences of their actions; consider characteristics of good friendships and explore ways to improve their relationships. Each 30- to 45-minute lesson provides a list of materials, descriptions of the activities, variations for more advanced and less advanced students, and suggestions for reinforcing the skills throughout the school day. To help them implement the lessons effectively, teachers will also find student handouts, helpful illustrations, parent newsletters, and lists of additional children's books and videos. This inventive curriculum will enhance children's cognitive abilities to help them become socially successful--both inside and outside the classroom. The table of contents consists of: An Introduction to the "Promoting Social Success" Curriculum; Unit 1: Introductory Lessons; Unit 2: Understanding Feelings and Actions: Emotional and Behavioral Regulation; Unit 3: Using Social Information: Noticing and Interpreting Cues; Unit 4: Planning What to Do: Problem Solving; Unit 5: Making and Keeping Friends: Social Knowledge; General Reproducibles; and a bibliography.
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Social Behavior, Elementary School Students, Cues, Coping, Interpersonal Competence, Behavior Problems, Cognitive Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Friendship, Role Playing, Problem Solving, Emotional Response, Self Control, Goal Orientation, Planning
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
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