Skillstreaming in Early Childhood

A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills
Program Book
Third Edition
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780878226542
Item Number: 6582

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Skillstreaming is a prosocial skills learning program designed to help children and youth learn positive ways to have their needs met.

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.

Adaptable for a variety of situations, Skillstreaming is ideal for small group instruction for children who have common social needs. Often used by counselors and other practitioners, the Skillstreaming program is structured to be a targeted, social-emotional learning intervention. Specific Skillstreaming skills can also be taught in whole class sessions.

The Skillstreaming program at every age level is designed to be easily implemented when conducted by a group leader who has experience in working with small groups. Training is also available for school districts and other organizations when Skillstreaming will be implemented through multiple practitioners.

Skill Cards, Student Workbooks and Skill Posters reinforce the key objectives in the Skillstreaming program.

NOTE: It is essential for successful implementation of this curriculum to first have the program book (Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills) before attempting to utilize other Skillstreaming products.

For a wide range of early childhood learning programs and settings, Skillstreaming is a trusted and proven learning asset. Skillstreaming in Early Childhood Lesson Plans and Activities helps your pre-school or kindergarten program create a safe, productive learning experience while preventing school and behavioral failure and while also laying the foundation for education and life success.

The scope of the Skillstreaming program was initially used as a strategy to remediate behavioral skill deficits in select groups of children. It is especially effective when combined with the daily behavioral practice of Lesson Plans and Activities. With its practical and practice-based approach, the Skillstreaming program’s popularity has broadened. It has become a widely accepted social-emotional strategy applied in preschools, daycare settings, public schools, and beyond.

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

Appendixes provide all program forms needed to ensure a successful Skillstreaming intervention, plus leader and observer checklists to ensure program integrity.

The highly acclaimed approach developed by Dr. Arnold P. Goldstein and colleagues includes in this book reproducible skill outlines, skill homework reports, and program forms. Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

Shown below is episode two of Prosocially Yours, a podcast produced by Research Press. In this episode, host Elizabeth Hess interviews educator and author, Dr. Ellen McGinnis, about the widely acclaimed Skillstreaming program.

Praise for the Skillstreaming series

“The third edition of the Skillstreaming series is my first choice as the go-to resource for a research-based, user-friendly, and level social skills curriculum for professionals in all settings serving children and youth.”

Sheldon Braaten, PhD,
Founder and Executive Director,
Behavior Institute for Children and Adolescents

“There are a multitude of social skills programs on the market. . . . This program cuts out the gimmicks, and hammers home what is really needed: Identify the skill that is missing in the student, model it for the student, role-play it with the student, and provide opportunities for them to generalize it to real life situations.”

Nan Gordon, Communiqué

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

About the Author

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Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

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