WWB Training Kit #5 Using Classroom Activities &

WWB Training Kit #5 Using Classroom Activities &

WWB Training Kit #5 Using Classroom Activities & Routines as Opportunities to Support Peer Interaction Research has shown A strong relationship between low peer status in childhood and later problems

in adolescence and adulthood. Who Is At-Risk? Children with and without disabilities. Children may be Withdrawn. Hesitant to interact with peers. Socially aloof. Unsuccessful at attempts to interact.

How Can We Support Peer Interactions? Actively teaching social skills. Planning around routines and activities. Arranging the environment. Routines Are activities and procedures that occur regularly

Often involve a series of responses Preschool routines typically include: Arrival time Bathroom time Cleanup time Departure Nap time Snack time Story time

Supporting Peer Interactions Involves Careful planning around routines and activities Arranging the environment to support peer interaction Implementing strategies such as peermediated interventions Adult cueing and prompting

Use of reinforcement Opportunities to Support Peer Interaction Allow children to practice emerging social skills Assist children in acquiring targeted social skills more often and more rapidly Promote generalization of targeted

social skills to other social settings Activity Pair-Think-Share Pair with a partner Think about what adults do with and for children during preschool routines. Complete the chart. Share your thoughts with large group

Activity Routine Task Arrivals Ask a child to greet

friends and ask them a question Transition times Circle and story times Snack time Big Benefits/Low Cost! Little effort is necessary to create these

opportunities. Its convenient for adults to help with these jobs. Feedback Children need to know what is expected of them. Its important to praise children for efforts to interact with peers.

Catch them being good!

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