Social Skills Activities for Special Children

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 12/15/2008
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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A flexible, ready-to-use program to help special students in grades K-5 learn appropriate ways to behave among othersThe revised and updated second edition of this bestselling resource book provides ready-to-use lessons--complete with reproducible worksheets--to help children become aware of acceptable social behavior and develop proficiency in acquiring basic social skills. The book is organized around three core areas crucial to social development in the primary grades: Accepting Rules and Authority at School, Relating to Peers, and Developing Positive Social Skills. Each lesson places a specific skill within the context of real-life situations, giving teachers a means to guide students to think about why the social skill is important. The hands-on activity that accompanies each lesson helps students to work through, think about, discuss, and practice the skill in or outside of the classroom.

Author Biography

Darlene Mannix has taught both general education and special education. She has worked with students ranging from learning disabled and mentally challenged to language disordered and severely emotionally disturbed. Mannix is the best-selling author of numerous books for special educators including Life Skills Activities for Special Children, Writing Skills Activities for Special Children, and Character Building Activities for Kids, all from Jossey-Bass.

Table of Contents

About This Book
About the Author
Accepting Rules and Authority at School
Parent Letters
Story: "Mrs. Tryit's Ideas"
Understanding the Teacher's Role
My Teacher Is a Person!
School Rules Are Different from Home Rules
Different Ways of Learning
Showing Respect for Your Teacher
Doing What the Teacher Asks
When the Teacher Leaves the Room
Getting the Teacher's Attention
Complaining About Work
Arguing with the Teacher
Notes Have to Make It Home
When the Teacher Is Talking
Teacher-Pleasing Behaviors
When Your Teacher Has a Bad Day
Having Fun, But Knowing When to Stop
Classroom Tips for Understanding the Teacher's Role
Classroom Rules and Responsibilities
Entering the Classroom
Morning Agenda
Paying Attention to the Task
Talking to Your Neighbor
Oops, Wrong Assignment
Complying with Instructions Right Away
Saying "I Can't"
Appropriate and Inappropriate Language
What Do I Need for This Job?
Good Choices for Free Time
Leaving the Classroom
Moving Around in Class
Moving as a Group
Thinking About Consequences
Doing It Right the First Time
Sitting Appropriately
Doing Homework
Bringing Homework to School
Finishing the Job
Independent versus Group Assignments
Fire Drills and Other Interruptions
Behaving at a Special Program
Welcoming a New Student
Sharing in Community Circle
Using the Class Computers
Attendance Is Important
Classroom Tips for Classroom Rules and Responsibilities
Relating Appropriately to Other School People
It's a Substitute!
The Classroom Assistant (Aide)
The Principal
The School Secretary
You're Not My Classroom Teacher!
The Bus Driver
Specials Teachers
The Custodian
Field Trip Helpers
The School Counselor
Peer Tutors
Community Helpers
Cafeteria Helpers
Playground Supervisors
Classroom Tips for Relating Appropriately to Other School People
When You Have Problems
Having a Problem
Asking for Help Politely
Taking Another Look
Thinking Harder
I Am Having a Really Bad Day
I Don't Understand What to Do
No Crying, No Whining
I Don't Speak English!
Excuses, Excuses
People Who Can Help
Problem Solvers
Keeping Track of Assignments
Classroom Tips for When You Have Problems
Relating to Peers
Parent Letters
Story: "Ralph And His Purple Face"
Learning and Working with Others
Following the Leader
Being the Leader
Ignoring When You Have To
Not Disturbing Others
A Disabled Peer
Doing Your Share
Not Always "Me First!"
Listening to Other People's Ideas
Someone Made a Mistake
Taking Turns
Classroom Tips for Learning and Working with Others
Making Friends
Being Interested in Others
Sharing About Yourself
Joining Clubs and Activities
Inviting Others into Your Group
Breaking into a New Group
What Is Encouragement?
Saying Nice Things
Good Group Activities
Having Someone Visit Your House
Classroom Tips for Making Friends
Keeping Friends
Learning from Your Friend
Being a Fair Friend
Sharing Friends
Laughing Together
Keeping Your Promises
Sometimes Friends Disagree
Sticking Up for Your Friend
Helping Someone with a Problem
Telling Someone If a Friend Needs Help
Friendships Change
Classroom Tips for Keeping Friends
Developing Positive Social Skills
Parent Letters
Story: "The Accident"
Understanding Social Situations
Having Clear Expectations
Saying "No" Without Sounding Rude
Don't Say "Yes" If You Mean "No"
Not Hurting the Feelings of Others
What Is a Disability?
People Who Are Different
Tone of Voice
Facial Expressions
Other People's Opinions
Is This the Right Time?
Understanding the Teacher's Moods
Understanding How Other People Feel
What Are My Choices?
What Is the Right Thing to Do?
Going for Help
This Is a Molehill, Not a Mountain
Teasing Can Be Funn
Teasing Can Be Mean
Appropriate Behavior for a Particular Place
Hints That You Are Doing Okay
Classroom Tips for Understanding Social Situations
Positive Personality Attributes
Developing Interests and Hobbies
Being Patient with Others
Being a Good Sport
Don't Exaggerate
Thinking of Others
Being a Good Leader
Being a Good Follower
Admiring and Complimenting Others
Apologizing and Accepting the Blame
Finishing the Job
Thinking Ahead
Having a Sense of Humor
Classroom Tips for Positive Personality Attributes
Getting Along with Others at Home
Obeying Parents
Consequences of Disobedience
Rules for the House
My Responsibilities
We All Have Jobs
People Are Busy
Sharing with Siblings
Being the Oldest
Being the Youngest
Being in the Middle
My Parents Are Divorced
Talking with Parents
I Don't Need a Baby-sitter
Family Fun
Classroom Tips for Getting Along with Others at Home
Everyday Etiquette
Meeting Other People
Being a Guest in Someone's Home
Impolite Noises
Saying "Thank You"
Personal Questions
Mimicking or Imitating Others
Behavior in Public Places
Lining Up
Table Manners
Eating Out
Uninvited Guests
Using a Cell Phone
Respecting Adults in the Community
Answering Questions Appropriately
Using Good Language
Thank-You Notes
The Golden Rule
Classroom Tips for Everyday Etiquette
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