Social-James-Denmark.ppt - Social Skills Friendship Resilience September 2012 James Forbes Mary Leonard Defining social skills \u2022 Any skill

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Social Skills Friendship Resilience September 2012 James Forbes Mary Leonard
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Defining social skills Any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others Absence of undue conflict or disharmony Social skills are key to learning
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Why Social Skills? Building relationships Building self esteem Negotiating the norms of society Learning from the past through cycles of action and reflection that lead to new actions (Senge 2004)
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Which Social Skills?
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I found a moon rock in my nose
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For Whom? ‘The better buttered bread scenario’
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How do we teach social skills? Modelling Coaching Circle Time Role Play Peer training
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Factors associated with resilience Positive attitude Optimism Ability to regulate emotions Ability reinterpret failure Flow T.O.M. High locus of control
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Friendship No one would choose to live without friends ” (Aristotle (384- 322 BC). Friends are those “ who spontaneously seek the company of one another; furthermore, they seek proximity in the absence of strong social pressure to do so ” (Hartup, 1975, p.11). Heslop (2005) asserts that, “ research has consistently shown people with learning difficulties to be lonely and lacking friends ” (p.27) “The presence of at least one close relationship provides a child with an important source of emotional support, and may offer him/her a buffer against the deleterious effects of peer isolation/rejection” (Howes, 1998)
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Insights from Literature People with learning disabilities frequently identify making friendships as among their most important concerns (Cummins & Lau, 2003); Many VI students feel lonely and isolated from their sighted peers (George & Duquette, 2006); Social and emotional disadvantage flows from having fewer friends and fewer opportunities to socialise (Corn & Koenig, 1996);
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