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Social Scripts: Are they effective in teaching social skills?
Social scripts/ stories ™ were originally designed by Carol Gray and are short, personalised descriptions, scenarios or narratives that are developed to teach social skills. They were originally designed for students with autism but are widely used for children with a range of disabilities. They have been so successful that
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Social Skill Programs for Students with Disabilities
Children/ students with disabilities, particularly those with cognitive delays or autism, often experience difficulty learning important social skills. This can result in social isolation that in turn limits the development of language and cognition. A vicious cycle ensues as difficulties with expressive language and poor problem solving compounds the social
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Is it wrong to get the language right?
A number of years ago I became aware of the power of language when I attempted to recruit mothers of children with disabilities for my doctoral research project. It quickly became evident that the word ‘disability’ was contentious. A number of mothers contacted me to join my project and when
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Partnership with Parents
Parents are one of our most valuable resources as research has consistently shown that when we partner with parents the outcomes for students are greatly improved. Partnering with parents is vital when a child has a disability and this is acknowledged through legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1992,
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Behaviour is a Way of Communicating Unmet Needs
Some students with disabilities use behaviour that can be described as ‘difficult’, ‘hard to manage’, ‘aggressive’ or ‘challenging’. This choice of language reflects an underlying yet misguided belief that the student has control over his/her decisions and teachers may respond with a punitive approach to attempt to manage the behaviour