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Behavior & Social Skills

Social competence and emotional well-being are issues for some adults and children with learning disabilities. Being liked, feeling accepted, and having self-confidence are all related to an individual’s social skills. Included in this section are the “dos and don'ts” for fostering social competence, the teacher’s role in developing social skills, and many helpful articles on behavior modification, anger management, disciplining students with disabilities, and the emotional issues experienced by some individuals with LD.

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Addressing Student Problem Behavior

For years, educators have known that behavior difficulties can keep students from progressing properly in school. Laws today require educators to not only notice these difficulties, but take action. This article guides IEP team members through the necessary steps to develop a functional behavioral assessment and an appropriate behavior intervention plan. It is important to determine why the students are acting the way they do.

Bullying: Peer Abuse in Schools

Learning the Language of Relationships

LD, Interpersonal Understanding and Social Behavior in the Classroom

Teaching Tolerance

School Phobia/School Avoidance/School Refusal: A Handout For Parents

School phobia/school avoidance/school refusal are terms used to describe children who have a pattern of avoiding or refusing to attend school. Different from truancy, these behaviors occur in approximately 2% of school aged children. Historically called "school phobia", many researches now prefer to use the terms "school avoidance" or "school refusal."

Facial Expressions and NLD

Disciplining Students with Disabilities

Is Your Daughter a Daydreamer, Tomboy or "Chatty Kathy"?

In this introductory article, Kathleen Nadeau focuses specifically on the identification and treatment of AD/HD in girls.

Social Skills Deficits in Learning Disabilities: The Psychiatric Comorbity Hypothesis

Social Skills and Learning Disabilities

Since 1978, several research studies have been conducted at the University of Kansas Institute for Research in Learning Disabilities (KU-IRLD) on the social competence of children and youth with learning disabilities.

Behavior Management: Getting to the Bottom of Social Skills Deficits

Social Skills: The Bottom Line for Adult LD Success

The Teacher's Role in Developing Social Skills

"Dos and Don'ts" for Fostering Social Competence

It can be difficult to help children develop social skills when it does not always come naturally to them. These quick tips offer ways for parents and teachers to foster social development in children with learning disabilities.

Finding Friends and Persuading People: Teaching the Skills of Social Interaction

Role Playing Helps Develop Social Skills

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