M.A. in Learning Disabilities
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Learning disabled children--Education; Social skills in children--Study and teaching
Disability and Equity in Education
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.
Hetzell, Sharon D., "The effectiveness of a social skills program" (1996). Theses and Dissertations. 2162.