Capstone/Dissertation Title

The importance of social skills education for special needs students

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

Special education students struggle daily. In addition to academic needs, many have poor social skills that affect how they interact with others, both at school and in the community. Key influences in framing this study included special education students, school staff, and experts in the field of social skills and special education, including authors Goleman, LaVoie, Borba, and others. School staff completed a survey rating the social needs of special education students, and identified the following as areas of significant need: 1) using time wisely, 2) ability to solve interpersonal problems, and 3) understanding the emotions of others. Current research was reviewed and a variety of curricula were revised to write lessons in each of these areas. The result was the development of a detailed, useful curriculum to help teach three identified social skills to elementary special education students.

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