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M.A. in Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Kuder, S. Jay


Children with disabilities--Education; Problem solving in children; Socialization--Study and teaching


Special Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to study the implementation of a program for the multiply handicapped child to improve their social skills and problem-solving ability. The subjects in this study were three females, fourteen, twelve and eleven years old, and one thirteen year old male. The program began with all the subjects being pretested for five days on their ability to socialize and problem-solve. The study ran for ten weeks. The subjects were part of a one hour daily intervention with the teacher modeling the desired behavior. Each of the subjects was familiar with the table/board games. Data on the subjects' ability to socialize and problem-solve was then collected again at the end of the ten weeks . The data showed that three of the four subjects made progress in all areas. The fourth subject only made progress in one area of problem-solving. The data also showed that those subjects that came from middle-class families made more progress than those subjects that were on public assistance. The most significant event in this study was that everyone made progress in their ability to ask for help.