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Chapter 8: Preparing the Child for Successful Peer Relationships
In a relationship-driven milieu, the interactions between the children are just as important to group cohesion as those between the teacher and the child. The biggest problem, however, is that children coming into a class for behavior disorders are very likely to have poor or inappropriate social skills as part of their etiology. Many will have difficulties making or keeping friends, and most will have had little experience of being a valued member of a cohesive, functional group. Our experience is that it is most productive just to assume poor social skills and to build teaching those skills directly into the curriculum from the onset.
It is important to help the children ...