Helping children develop appropriate
social skills can be very challenging, especially when working with
ADHD, or emotionally handicapped children. Listed below are
suggested interventions that can be used by patents, teachers, and even
mental health professionals to assist children in developing more
socially appropriate behavior.
SOCIAL SKILLS SESSIONS
sessions per week
group - child and 3 class peers (good role models)
other students / adults
roughly Throwing sticks and other objects
Running off with others ball
list and choose one
group session - students to act out the actual situation
do you think it happened?
did you feel when it happened?
else could have been (a) said (b) done?
rehearse and role play the appropriate responses that have been
video camera to reinforce the auditory and visual message.
a script of "say and do" strategies to learn and practice
(perhaps keep in a small book or on a card to go in his pocket).
These are safety phrases that need to be constantly reinforced.
phrases such as:
I start feeling hot in the head I will count to ten under my
skills being focused on there must be opportunities for practice in
class and playground.
the child make any attempt to use a skill it should be praised
type of reward system would intensify motivation to try.
play ask the child how things went and get the child's and others
perception of what happened.
OF FRIENDS - PEER SUPPORT
regularly every week and follow up on the skills session
the safety phrases - get input form all in the circle
they would use them.
to use them - stand still, face the person.
at them and say I'm sorry.
the students to get ideas for the child to use.
them to think of some ways they could use to help the child if they
see something is happening.
some potential problem situations that you know will come up for the
the circle to come up with solutions of how they may solve them
would you do if you lost your canteen money?"
would you do if a teacher accused you of doing something that
you hadn't done?"
would you say if you accidentally hurt someone?"