Social skills training
As many as one-fifth of school-age children have, or are at risk of having, emotional and behavioral disorders, which cause academic, social, and behavioral difficulties and prevent them from having authentic and healthy relationships with peers and adults. By assessing students’ social skills deficits, teachers and school personnel can develop a plan to teach the missing skills and replacement behaviors the students need. Many methods have been found to facilitate social skills learning, including direct and explicit instruction, social and emotional learning programs, and integration of social skills training into academic content lessons. Efforts made to teach emotional and behavioral skills impact not only their social and academic lives as students but, more importantly, their futures as adults. Without these critical skills, students will transition into adulthood with the same emotional/behavioral struggles, for example, ineffective communication, impulsive decision-making, inability to attain goals, and failure to protect themselves. Students with emotional and behavior disorders who gain these skill sets and replace their maladaptive patterns of behavior have a higher probability of achieving relational and vocational success as adults.
Keywords: social skills, training, behavioral disorders
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