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Examining the impact of a social skills early intervention program for preschool aged children in an inclusive setting

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Examining the impact of a social skills early intervention program for preschool aged children in an inclusive setting

Dinolfo, Franca (2005) Examining the impact of a social skills early intervention program for preschool aged children in an inclusive setting. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of an eight (8) week social skills early intervention program for children with developmental disabilities and their typically developing peers. The social skills intervention program was integrated as part of the classroom program. Through qualitative analysis using themes this study revealed that the participants showed an awareness of their (1) Attitudes and Feelings, (2) Learning about bullying. They also had an increase in their (3) Focus and Participation and (4) Prosocial Behaviors throughout the program. Based on the findings from the qualitative data and the time sampling (quantitative data), results indicated that instances of prosocial behavior increased from time 1 to time 2. The results from the rating scales and questionnaires completed by the educators of the participating children revealed that the program was developmentally appropriate, that it was something that they would implement in their classrooms and that the children benefited from it. The responses from the parents revealed that the bi-weekly "Parent Newsletters" offered useful suggestions and ideas that were well integrated in the home. Also, the program proved beneficial for both the children and their parents in terms of finding ways to discuss critical issues such as emotions, friendships, self-esteem and conflict resolution

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Dinolfo, Franca
Pagination:ix, 146 leaves : forms ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Education
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):D'Amico, Miranda
ID Code:8276
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:20
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:20
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