Young, Melinda
December 1976
Focus on Exceptional Children;Dec1976, Vol. 8 Issue 7, p12
Academic Journal
The article reports that children who withdraw from group situations or behave inappropriately in a small group have not learned the social skills necessary to be an acceptable member of the group. Sometimes, praising the appropriate behaviors while ignoring the inappropriate helps. Children must be taught specific social skills useful in groups. It is important to teach the child social skills that are helpful in group situations (listening to others answering questions, making suggestions, following the group's decisions and plan of action). Parents and teachers should always reinforce children for demonstrating these skills in a group. It is important to ask children to be group leader for a small group. Parents should arrange for the child to be placed in a small group with any one other child with whom he usually responds. Later add a second, a third, and so on until the group approximates the entire class. One should always make sure to praise the entire group for demonstrating cooperative skills.


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