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Social Skills & Special Education - Chapter Summary
In this engaging chapter, you'll review lessons about effectively teaching social skills to students with special needs. These resources include ways to teach your students about self-esteem and personal space, and offers social activities that help your students think about and practice what they've learned. Professional instructors have specifically designed these lessons with the unique needs of special education students in mind. Our learning tools are accessible 24 hours a day for your convenient access and use.
How It Helps
- Engages your students: Activities get your students involved and help them put their learning into action so they can better retain what you're teaching them.
- Makes your planning easy:These activities and resources are ready to be integrated straight into your existing curriculum so your planning times are made easier.
- Targets many needs: The activities and resources provided in this comprehensive chapter address the needs of elementary students, high school students, students with learning disabilities and students with severe disabilities.
Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand the symptoms and treatments for social communication disorder
- Build self-esteem in children with learning disabilities
- Utilize community-based instruction for students with severe disabilities
- Organize social activities for your elementary and high school students with special needs
- Teach personal space to students with special needs
- Engage your special needs students with enriching extracurricular activities
1. Social Communication Disorder: Symptoms & Treatment
In this lesson we will discuss the symptoms and treatment of social communication disorder. Social communication disorder was formerly treated as a form of autism, but recently has been identified as a separate disorder that affects ability to communicate in social situations.
2. Building Self-Esteem in Children with Learning Disabilities
Teaching special education is an important, yet challenging, job. Special education students require your support and encouragement, so this lesson will focus on how you can build their self-esteem in the classroom. Read on, to learn more.
3. Community-Based Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities
Do your students with severe disabilities have goals related to independent living and life skills? If so, you might want to consider community-based instruction as a teaching method. This lesson has some ideas to get you started.
4. Social Activities for Elementary Students with Special Needs
Students with special needs often have challenges with social situations that make it difficult for them to make friends. Let's look at some social activities teachers may use in their classrooms to help their students with disabilities develop social skills.
5. Social Activities for High School Students with Special Needs
Students with disabilities often need direct instruction to learn and understand how to interact with others appropriately. Teachers can help their students feel more accepted at school by involving them in some practice activities.
6. Teaching Personal Space to Special Needs Students
Some students with special needs really struggle to understand what it means to give other people personal space and take the space they need. This lesson gives you some ideas about teaching personal space to these students.
7. Extracurricular Activities for Children in Special Education
Children in special education can benefit tremendously from involvement in extracurricular activities. This lesson gives you some ideas for activities to benefit your students with special needs.
8. Lunch Bunch Activities for Elementary School
The term lunch bunch refers to a small group of students and a teacher or staff member meeting weekly during lunch in the school setting. The activities in this resource were created for groups of elementary school children.
9. Lunch Bunch Activities for Middle School
Many schools around the country utilize lunch bunch, which is when a small group of students meet with an adult in the school on a regular basis. This resource contains group lunch bunch activities for middle school students.
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Other chapters within the Resources for Teaching Special Education course
- Life Skills & Special Education
- Teaching Special Education
- Math Instruction in Special Education
- Language Arts & Special Education
- Music & Art in Special Education
- Special Education for Adults with Disabilities
- Advocacy in Special Education
- Homeschooling & Special Needs
- Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies & Information
- Speech Therapy Activities & Materials
- Special Education Classroom Strategies
- IEP Goals & Meeting Resources
- Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Teachers
- 504 Plans Examples & Information
- Language Disorders Resources