Volume 13, Issue 3 (1984)
Training Moderately and Severely Mentally Handicapped Children to Use Adaptive Social Skills
David P. Wacker
ABSTRACT: The purpose of the review is to discuss factors that affect the development and selection of social skills training programs with severely handicapped students, and to describe currently available procedures. The major factors discussed are the functional utility of the social behavior selected for training, more precise categorization of that behavior, available resources in the environment, and the use of naturally occurring antecedents and consequences during training. The procedures described include the use of both handicapped and nonhandicapped peers to mediate social behavior, directly train complex community leisure skills, and the use of self-controlled prompts to guide behavior.
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