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Thursday, December 3 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Let's Be Social: How to Successfully Teach Social Skills in Inclusive Preschools LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

The purpose of this presentation is to teach practitioners in the field of early childhood how to create socially meaningful and engaging learning environments for all children. Practitioners will lean how to effectively implement social skills strategies and techniques daily and how to appropriately implement social skills strategies and activities with caregivers and other professionals. Incorporating social skills in inclusive preschool classrooms will not only benefit the early childhood teachers, but also caregivers, therapists, and most importantly the preschool children. OBJECTIVES: After participation in this presentation practitioners will be able to implement effective social skills strategies and techniques in the their classrooms that include: (1) identify the social skill(s) they want to teach, (2) teach social skills concepts during large and small group activities and provide individualized instruction for children who need it, (3) give children opportunities to practice through role play, prompting children through an interaction (scaffolding), and embedding instruction, (4) model the social behaviors/skills in every day interactions, (5) reinforce the social behaviors/skills in context through the use positive descriptive feedback to comment on children engaging in the behavior, and involve children in reflecting on the social skills individually or in a group. Participants will also gain knowledge in data collection and will be presented with a variety of examples of social skills data collection strategies and documentation sheets that they can implement in their classrooms to improve their practice. Practitioners will also gain knowledge on ways to extend the social skills strategies and techniques to caregivers and therapists to implement in other settings.

Thursday December 3, 2015 3:20pm - 4:10pm PST
Douglas 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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