School Psychology Review

The Assessment of Social Skills: An Overview

Robert P. Sprafkin

pp. 14-20

Behavioral Assessment

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The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of behavioral assessment of youngsters’ social skills within educational settings. Often these attempts at assessment are then linked to programs of remediation or training. Thus, what is involved is not just assessment, but procedures for identifying youngsters in need of social skill training, and assignment of such youngsters to groups or activities which will facilitate such skill training. The goal is generally to arrive at a skill training prescription which is tailored to the individual skill assets and deficits of each youngster.