Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills (3rd Edition)


This book provides a complete description of the Skillstreaming program, with instructions for teaching 60 prosocial skills.

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By Dr. Ellen McGinnis

#8280   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 the publisher’s downloads page.

The book is 8½ x 11. Softcover. 408 pages. $55.99.
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