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Effects of social stories on the behaviors of typically developing preschoolers

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): McNelly, Mary E.; Smith, JaneDiane
Date Issued: 2013
Description: Challenging behaviors are not exclusive to children with disabilities; they can also affect typically developing children. This study used a multiple baseline design across participants to look at how a social story intervention affected the challenging behaviors (e.g., temper tantrums, hitting, yelling) of three typically developing preschoolers. Overall, results showed that the social stories decreased challenging behaviors from baseline to intervention. Children also experienced an increase in prosocial behaviors and social validity indicated that teachers believed the social story was effective in teaching social skills. This study added to the existing literature on social stories by researching their effect on a population that had not yet been studied. These findings suggest that social stories can be effective interventions for typically developing preschoolers who demonstrate challenging behaviors. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: NHSA Dialog
Volume Number: 16
Issue Number: 4
Page Range: 48-63
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Behavior/Social & Emotional Development/Socialization

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Interventions/Curricula > Social & Emotional
Country: United States
ISSN: 1524-0754 Paper
1930-9325 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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