This is an excellent blog from the perspective of a special education teacher. She knows her stuff! Social skills training is becoming more popular, and the trick to it is consistency. Well done!
This is my third post on the use of rubrics for instruction and assessment. In this post I will review some effective ways to use rubrics for students who struggle with social skills. Many of these student have been labeled as autistic (on the autism spectrum or as having a Pervasive Developmental Disorder).
Rubrics fit well into explicit and sequential instruction in social skills. (Hey! Just as in phonics instruction!) Using a case study approach, let me introduce you to Jonathan. He was identified as having PDD in preschool. He’s a bright kid who looks a lot like a miniature “professor.” Jonathan is very rule-oriented and eager to please. He is easily distracted by sounds and movement around him and is on medication for a diagnosed attention disorder. He appears to be daydreaming much of the time.
When I first observed Jonathan in his classroom, he was sitting quietly but…
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