Date Approved

5-6-1996

Embargo Period

9-2-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

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

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

This study was conducted to test the effectiveness of a social skills program to reduce aggressive behavior in special education students. The need for such intervention has been established, however, the empirical evidence to support educational programs which promote effective social skills is just beginning to emerge.

Instruction of social problem solving and role-play activities were used in this intervention. Alternatives to aggression were taught and role-played daily for a five week period. Two special education students from a resource room were the subjects of the study. Pre and post intervention assessment was conducted by students and teachers. Time outs and office referrals were also charted.

The results were encouraging with improvement in the most severe aggressive behavior. Further long term empirical research is warranted.

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