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Itís So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success


reviewed by Rita Coombs-Richardson ó April 12, 2007

coverTitle: Itís So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
Author(s): Richard Lavoie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York
ISBN: 0743254651, Pages: 448, Year: 2006
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Children with special needs frequently display deficits in social skills. These children, especially those with learning disabilities and those diagnosed as having poor attention skills, require specific instruction in pro-social skills. Students with disabilities have been included in general education classrooms for many years; however, research indicates that close friendships with their non-disabled peers are still wanting (Saenz, 2003). The lack of social competence can easily result in peer rejection and an inability to make friends. For some children, learning to make friends requires adult guidance involving coaching, modeling, and teaching self-regulation skills (Coombs-Richardson, 2000). Taylor and colleagues (2002) suggest that adults should intervene, manipulate the environment, and directly teach social skills to promote friendships and avoid social rejection of children with disabilities. Peer rejection is often connected with poor school performance, poor self-esteem, aggression, passive and socially awkwardness, and hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive behaviors (Crick & Nelson, 2002). Rejected... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 12, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14195, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 2:12:52 AM

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  • Rita Coombs-Richardson
    University of St. Thomas
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    RITA COOMBS-RICHARDSON is the author of four volumes of a social skills curriculum for students in K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Connecting with Others: Lessons for Teaching Social and Emotional Competence published by Research Press. Additionally, she is the co-author of a behavior management book with Charles Meisgeier titled Discipline Options: Establishing a Positive Climate, Christopher Gordon Publishers. Dr. Coombs-Richardson was recently a member of the faculty in special education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She was granted full Professorship at Southeastern Louisiana University. She is presently a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
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