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1 Social Skills for Children with Disabilities Trinity School District October 23, 2009 Presented By: Kristen Salamone, IU1 Trinity School District October 23, 2009 Presented By: Kristen Salamone, IU1

2 Who am I?

3 Agenda  Introduction  Introduction to Social Skills  What are Social Skills?  Types of Social Skills  Overview of Social Skill deficits in certain Disabilities  Teaching Social Skills  Activities to use  Introduction  Introduction to Social Skills  What are Social Skills?  Types of Social Skills  Overview of Social Skill deficits in certain Disabilities  Teaching Social Skills  Activities to use

4 Who’s Here? -Become aware of identity and identity group membership -Highlight the diversity of the group -Think about feelings attached to.. -Belonging to a group -Not belonging to a group -Identify diversity in classrooms and how it effects our students today -Become aware of identity and identity group membership -Highlight the diversity of the group -Think about feelings attached to.. -Belonging to a group -Not belonging to a group -Identify diversity in classrooms and how it effects our students today

5 Tie It In  Humans identify with each other in groups  Comfort Zone  Social Skills=Tools  Humans identify with each other in groups  Comfort Zone  Social Skills=Tools Social Skills Group Identification

6 What are Social Skills? “A set of skills that allow us to communicate, relate and socialize with others”

7 What are Social Skills (cont’d)?  Cultural Differences  Verbal “I DON’T THINK YOU’RE STUPID”  Non-Verbal  Cultural Differences  Verbal “I DON’T THINK YOU’RE STUPID”  Non-Verbal Information from

8 I don’t think you are stupid. 6 different meanings

9 Emotional Intelligence How do you manage emotions? How do you gauge others emotions? How do you manage emotions? How do you gauge others emotions?

10 Areas Social Skills are Needed  Friendships  Relationships  Reactions to Stress/Environment  Handling Emotions  Getting attention  Friendships  Relationships  Reactions to Stress/Environment  Handling Emotions  Getting attention

11 Overview of Disabilities and Social Skills  Autism  ADD and AD/HD  Learning Disabilities  Emotional Disturbances  Physical Disabilities  Autism  ADD and AD/HD  Learning Disabilities  Emotional Disturbances  Physical Disabilities

12 Autism  Stumbling blocks  Interactions with others  “Know better”  Social Rules and Cues  Stumbling blocks  Interactions with others  “Know better”  Social Rules and Cues

13 Autism  “In his or her own little world”  Downward Spiral  Imaginative Play and Play with Toys  Eye Contact  Social Deficits in Older Children  “In his or her own little world”  Downward Spiral  Imaginative Play and Play with Toys  Eye Contact  Social Deficits in Older Children

14 Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  Difficulties in relationships  Inattention  Impulsivity  Consequences  Inattentive type ADHD  Hyperactive/Impulsive Type ADHD  Difficulties in relationships  Inattention  Impulsivity  Consequences  Inattentive type ADHD  Hyperactive/Impulsive Type ADHD

15 ADD and ADHD  Stats  Downward Spiral  Inattention  Impulsivity  Hyperactivity  Stats  Downward Spiral  Inattention  Impulsivity  Hyperactivity

16 Learning Disabilities  Social Skill Deficits and Learning Disabilities: A Meta Analysis  Research Questions  Does the perception of the level of social skills deficits in students with LD differ when reported by teachers, other students or students with LD themselves?  What social skills deficits do teachers, non-LD students, and students with LD perceive as the most prominent in students with learning disabilities?  Social Skill Deficits and Learning Disabilities: A Meta Analysis  Research Questions  Does the perception of the level of social skills deficits in students with LD differ when reported by teachers, other students or students with LD themselves?  What social skills deficits do teachers, non-LD students, and students with LD perceive as the most prominent in students with learning disabilities?

17 Emotional Disturbances  An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers or teachers  Proactive Approach to Social Skills  Break Skills Down  Self-Regulate  An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers or teachers  Proactive Approach to Social Skills  Break Skills Down  Self-Regulate

18 Physical Disabilities  Social Skill Deficits  Peer and Staff Response  Assistive Technology  Training  Social Skill Deficits  Peer and Staff Response  Assistive Technology  Training

19 Teaching Social Skills  Conflict Resolution  ART  Class Meetings  Problem Solving Meetings  Disability Awareness  Skillstreaming  Modeling/Social Stories  Conflict Resolution  ART  Class Meetings  Problem Solving Meetings  Disability Awareness  Skillstreaming  Modeling/Social Stories

20 Conflict Resolution  Personal Growth  Steps  Set the Scene  Gather Information  Agree on the Problem  Brainstorm possible Solutions  Negotiate Solution  Personal Growth  Steps  Set the Scene  Gather Information  Agree on the Problem  Brainstorm possible Solutions  Negotiate Solution

21 Aggression Replacement Training  Developed by Goldstein, Glick and Gibbs  Approved by Safe and Drug Free Schools  General Information  Components  Social Skills  Anger Control Training  Moral Reasoning  Developed by Goldstein, Glick and Gibbs  Approved by Safe and Drug Free Schools  General Information  Components  Social Skills  Anger Control Training  Moral Reasoning

22 Social Skills -focus on social skills -steps (thinking and action) -procedure -focus on social skills -steps (thinking and action) -procedure

23 Class Meeting Definition Class Meeting Definition A class meeting is the opportunity for students to participate in a group exchange of ideas in a respectful, caring environment.

24 Class Meetings  Circle Up  Set the Code  Compliments and Thank You’s  Set the Agenda  Pose the Problem/Concept  Personal Thinking Time  Partner Talk  Signal for Quiet  Whole Group Discussion  Close Meeting  Circle Up  Set the Code  Compliments and Thank You’s  Set the Agenda  Pose the Problem/Concept  Personal Thinking Time  Partner Talk  Signal for Quiet  Whole Group Discussion  Close Meeting

25 Problem Solving Meetings  Identify the Problem  State Solutions  Agree on Solution/Consequence  Group signs solution and it is visible  Identify the Problem  State Solutions  Agree on Solution/Consequence  Group signs solution and it is visible

26 Disability Awareness  Awareness is key  Small group education  Create an environment of compassion  Celebrate Differences!  Awareness is key  Small group education  Create an environment of compassion  Celebrate Differences!

27 Skillstreaming  What is it?  Who is it designed for?  4 part training approach  What is it?  Who is it designed for?  4 part training approach

28 Modeling/Social Stories  Geared towards Autistic children and those with related disabilities  Identify Needs  Goal of the Social Story?  Ways to conduct Social Stories?  Geared towards Autistic children and those with related disabilities  Identify Needs  Goal of the Social Story?  Ways to conduct Social Stories?

29 Benefits of Social Stories  Perspective  Predictions  Based on Areas of Strength  Practice  Perspective  Predictions  Based on Areas of Strength  Practice

30 3 Categories of Social Impairment  Social Avoidance  Social Indifference  Social Awkwardness  Social Avoidance  Social Indifference  Social Awkwardness

31 Writing a Social Story  Child perspective  Descriptive  Perspective  Directive  Child perspective  Descriptive  Perspective  Directive

32 Sitting on the Carpet Sometimes our class sits on the carpet. We sit on the carpet to listen to stories and for group lessons. My friends are tying hard to listen so they can enjoy the story or learn from the lessons. It can be hard for them to listen if someone is noisy or not sitting still. I will try to sit still and stay quiet during our time on the carpet.

33 Sitting on the Carpet Sometimes our class sits on the carpet. (descriptive) We sit on the carpet to listen to stories and for group lessons. (descriptive) My friends are tying hard to listen so they can enjoy the story or learn from the lessons. (perspective) It can be hard for them to listen if someone is noisy or not sitting still. (descriptive) I will try to sit still and stay quiet during our time on the carpet. (descriptive)

34 Activities  Detective  Peer Interviews/Report Out  1 good thing  Dinosaur, Chicken, Egg  Character Education:Book of Plays  Detective  Peer Interviews/Report Out  1 good thing  Dinosaur, Chicken, Egg  Character Education:Book of Plays

35 References Aggression Replacement Training. Wikipedia. An Introduction to Social Stories. Social Stories. Conflict Resolution. Emotional Disturbance. Schools for All Children: Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Special Education (Jaque-Anton). Nd. Providing Social Skills for Students with Physical Disabilities. BrightHub. Social Skills Defecits. The Watson Institute. Social Skill Deficits in Children with ADHD and/or Asperger Syndrome. Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland. Social Skills in Adults with ADHD. National Resource Center on AD/HD. Social Skills Deficits and Learning Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis. The National Disseminiation Center for Children with Disabilities. Aggression Replacement Training. Wikipedia. An Introduction to Social Stories. Social Stories. Conflict Resolution. Emotional Disturbance. Schools for All Children: Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Special Education (Jaque-Anton). Nd. Providing Social Skills for Students with Physical Disabilities. BrightHub. Social Skills Defecits. The Watson Institute. Social Skill Deficits in Children with ADHD and/or Asperger Syndrome. Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland. Social Skills in Adults with ADHD. National Resource Center on AD/HD. Social Skills Deficits and Learning Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis. The National Disseminiation Center for Children with Disabilities.


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