Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child

A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills
Program Book
Third Edition
Pages: 408
ISBN: 9780878226559
Item Number: 6586

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Skillstreaming is a prosocial learning program designed to help children and youth learn positive ways to have their needs met. Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child employs a four-part training approach—modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization—to teach essential prosocial skills to elementary school students.

This book provides a complete description of the Skillstreaming program, with instructions for teaching 60 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 others, the Skillstreaming program is structured to be a targeted, social-emotional learning intervention. Specific Skillstreaming skills can also be taught in whole class sessions by counselors.

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 the Elementary School Child: 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 the Elementary School Lesson Plans and Activities helps sustain skill instruction, enhance students’ skill mastery, and most important – to refine skill use for dealing with more complex, real-life situations in and outside of the classroom. Also helps to prevent school and behavioral failure 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, public schools, juvenile settings 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

  • Classroom Survival Skills
  • Friendship-Making Skills
  • Skills for Dealing with Feelings
  • Skill Alternatives to Aggression
  • Skills for 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 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 social-emotional 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


Why Teach Social Skills?
What Is Skillstreaming?
Skills for Elementary School Children
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, Grouping, and Preparation
Support Staff and Program Coordinator Roles
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—Classroom Survival Skills

1. Listening
2. Asking for Help
3. Saying Thank You
4. Bringing Materials to Class
5. Following Instructions
6. Completing Assignments
7. Contributing to Discussions
8. Offering Help to an Adult
9. Asking a Question
10. Ignoring Distractions
11. Making Corrections
12. Deciding on Something to Do
13. Setting a Goal

Group II—Friendship-Making Skills

14. Introducing Yourself
15. Beginning a Conversation
16. Ending a Conversation
17. Joining In
18. Playing a Game
19. Asking a Favor
20. Offering Help to a Classmate
21. Giving a Compliment
22. Accepting a Compliment
23. Suggesting an Activity
24. Sharing
25. Apologizing

Group III—Skills for Dealing with Feelings

26. Knowing Your Feelings
27. Expressing Your Feelings
28. Recognizing Another’s Feelings
29. Showing Understanding of Another’s Feelings
30. Expressing Concern for Another
31. Dealing with Your Anger
32. Dealing with Another’s Anger
33. Expressing Affection
34. Dealing with Fear
35. Rewarding Yourself

Group IV—Skill Alternatives to Aggression

36. Using Self-Control
37. Asking Permission
38. Responding to Teasing
39. Avoiding Trouble
40. Staying Out of Fights
41. Problem Solving
42. Accepting Consequences
43. Dealing with an Accusation
44. Negotiating

Group V—Skills for Dealing with Stress

45. Dealing with Boredom
46. Deciding What Caused a Problem
47. Making a Complaint
48. Answering a Complaint
49. Dealing with Losing
50. Being a Good Sport
51. Dealing with Being Left Out
52. Dealing with Embarrassment
53. Reacting to Failure
54. Accepting No
55. Saying No
56. Relaxing
57. Dealing with Group Pressure
58. Dealing with Wanting Something That Isn’t Yours
59. Making a Decision
60. Being Honest

Appendix A—Program Forms

Appendix B—Program Integrity Checklists

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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