Social Skills

Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills Program Book (Includes forms CD) 3ed




Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills Program Book (Includes forms CD) 3ed

Ellen McGinnis


Skillstreaming in Early Childhood employs a four-part training approach—modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization—to teach essential prosocial skills to preschool and kindergarten-age children. This book provides a complete description of the Skillstreaming program, with instructions for teaching 40 prosocial skills.

Part 1: Skillstreaming Program Content and Implementation
Chapters on effective Skillstreaming arrangements, Skillstreaming teaching procedures, refining skill use, teaching for skill generalization, managing behavior problems, Skillstreaming in the school context, and more.

Part 2: Skill Outlines and Homework Reports
Skill outlines are handy one-page summaries for each skill, including skill steps, guidelines for skill instruction, and suggested situations for modeling displays. Homework reports list skill steps and guide students in practicing the skills and evaluating skill use outside the Skillstreaming group.

Skill Areas
•Beginning Social Skills
•School-Related Skills
•Friendship-Making Skills
•Dealing with Feelings
•Alternatives to Aggression
•Dealing with Stress


2011, 352 pages, softcover


Figures and Tables


Social Skills and the Preschool and Kindergarten Child
What Is Skillstreaming?
Skills for Kindergarten and Preschool Children
Teaching Prosocial Skills
Understanding Violence and Aggression
Included in This Book
Skillstreaming Program Content and Implementation

Chapter 1—Effective Skillstreaming Arrangements
Group Leader Selection and Preparation
Student Selection and Grouping
Support Staff and Program Coordinator Roles
Parent Involvement
Specific Instructional Concerns
Instructional Variations

Chapter 2—Skillstreaming Teaching Procedures
Core Teaching Procedures
Steps in the Skillstreaming Session
Implementation Integrity

Chapter 3—Sample Skillstreaming Session
Introduction to Skillstreaming
Skill Instruction

Chapter 4—Refining Skill Use
Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies
Factors in Successful Skill Use
Skill Shifting, Combinations, Adaptation, and Development

Chapter 5—Teaching for Skill Generalization
Transfer-Enhancing Procedures
Maintenance-Enhancing Procedures

Chapter 6—Managing Behavior Problems
Universal Strategies
Targeted Interventions
Individual Interventions

Chapter 7—Building Positive Relationships with Parents
Parenting and Children’s Aggression
Parent Involvement in Skillstreaming
Levels of Parent Involvement

Chapter 8—Skillstreaming in the School Context
Violence Prevention
Schoolwide Applications of Skillstreaming
Integration in the Curriculum
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
New Intervention Combinations

Skill Outlines and Homework Reports
Homework reports follow each skill.
Group I: Beginning Social Skills
1. Listening
2. Using Nice Talk
3. Using Brave Talk
4. Saying Thank You
5. Rewarding Yourself
6. Asking for Help
7. Asking a Favor
8. Ignoring


Group II: School-Related Skills
9. Asking a Question
10. Following Directions
11. Trying When It’s Hard
12. Interrupting

Group III: Friendship-Making Skills
13. Greeting Others
14. Reading Others
15. Joining In
16. Waiting Your Turn
17. Sharing
18. Offering Help
19. Asking Someone to Play
20. Playing a Game

Group IV: Dealing with Feelings
21. Knowing Your Feelings
22. Feeling Left Out
23. Asking to Talk
24. Dealing with Fear
25. Deciding How Someone Feels
26. Showing Affection

Group V: Alternatives to Aggression
27. Dealing with Teasing
28. Dealing with Feeling Mad
29. Deciding If It’s Fair
30. Solving a Problem
31. Accepting Consequences

Group VI: Dealing with Stress
32. Relaxing
33. Dealing with Mistakes
34. Being Honest
35. Knowing When to Tell
36. Dealing with Losing
37. Wanting to Be First
38. Saying No
39. Accepting No
40. Deciding What to Do

Appendix A— Program Forms

Appendix B—Program Integrity Checklists

Leader’s Checklist
Observer’s Checklist
Generalization Integrity Checklist
Appendix C—Behavior Management Techniques

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