Date Approved

5-20-2003

Embargo Period

5-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Learning disabled children; Social skills in children--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the social skills program "Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child" for elementary children with learning disabilities. Two first grade and two second grade students participated in the study. All students were classified as specific learning disabled and were included in the general education classroom with instructional support from a resource room. The intervention consisted of 12 sessions, using the "Skillstreaming" program 20 minutes per day, four days a week for 3 weeks, and weekly follow-up of review for 4 weeks with a total of 7 weeks.

A multiple baseline design across participating students was used in the study. The children's behaviors were observed and recorded in three phases; A, Baseline, B, Intervention and C, Follow-up. The results of the study showed an increase of appropriate behaviors such as ignoring distractions, listening and contributing to discussion during phase B, but a decrease during the follow-up phase. Future research is needed to validate the findings to further examine this "Skillstreaming" program for primary elementary students.

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