A recent federal research report confirms what many foster, adoptive and kinship families already know: directly teaching preschool children age-appropriate social skills results in positive social-emotional development and behavior.
Social skills training often includes instruction in communication, problem solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations. Instruction can be done in special education or general education settings. Three sources provide information on social skills training methods:
• Behavior Advisor: Teaching Social Skills: http://www.behavioradvisor.com/SocialSkills.html
• Social Skills Training Project: http://www.socialskillstrainingproject.com/
• Social Work Podcast: http://socialworkpodcast.blogspot.com/2010/06/social-skills-training-interview-with.html
Foster, adoptive and kinship families of children with disabilities can ask schools about social skills instruction offerings. Find the full U.S. Department of Education report here.