Graduate Project Title
Date of Degree Completion
Master of Education (MEd)
Second Committee Member
Daniel C. Fennerty
Third Committee Member
Alberta J. Thyfault
Social skills deficits of students with serious behavior disabilities are often an obstacle to integration into the regular education system. Many of the most troublesome problems occur outside the classroom on the playground due to the lessened structure constraints of the playground environment. As a result, the students are labeled "bad kids" by the teachers and paraprofessionals, are socially rejected by nondisabled peers, and the downward spiral of a negative social "trap" is begun.
The purpose of this study was to create an inservice training packet promoting collaboration between teachers and paraprofessionals providing students with serious behavior disabilities a positive school climate on the playground with structured opportunities designed to develop acceptable playground behaviors. As a result of this collaborative procedure, teachers and paraprofessionals are provided with the means to:
- assess social skills needs for the playground.
- provide appropriate and effective social skills intervention.
- work collaboratively to establish a positive school climate for students with serious behavior disabilities.
- collaborate to develop a proactive plan for students with serious behavior disabilities.
Garcia, Mildred Carol Fletcher, "Establishing a Positive School Climate on the Playground for Students with Serious Behavioral Disabilities: A Collaborative Effort" (1995). All Graduate Projects. 453.