Social Language Rules & Tools: A Preschool Curriculum is a developmentally sequenced set of 68 pragmatic rules that help young children learn and generalize competence in social interaction as they play and interact. The purpose of this curriculum is to increase the number of successful communication exchanges that occur during natural interactions with peers and adults.
Two features make Social Language Rules & Tools unique:
1) It teaches generalizable social behaviors (Rules) that a child can learn to apply to any interaction and; 2) It uses concrete teaching strategies (tools) that allow an interventionist to prompt abstract behaviors with minimal cueing, thereby promoting generalization to other settings. By "concrete" is meant that the tools are multi-sensory: for each Rule, there are songs, chants, pictures, and sometimes gestures or objects, that help children understand the abstract pragmatic concept.
The author has grouped the 68 Rules according to their social function, i.e. Skill Set with 4 Rules fitting neatly into each Rule Set as listed below:
Set 1. Joining in Behaviors Set 2.Associative Play Behaviors Set 3. Getting Along Behaviors Set 4. Parallel Play Behaviors Set 5. Responsiveness Behaviors Set 6. Collaborative Play Behaviors Set 7. Sharing Ideas Behaviors Set 8. Feelings Behaviors Set 9. Conversation Behaviors 1 Set 10. Conversation Behaviors 2 Set 11. Conversation Behaviors 3 Set 12. Narrative Behaviors Set 13. Persistence Behaviors Set 14. Politeness Behaviors Set 15. Independence Strategies Set 16. Processing Behaviors Set 17. Explanations
Each Rule includes the following components:
1. A Teaching Picture 2. Scripts for Teachers Role Play 3. Teaching Chants 4. Teaching Songs (a CD is included with children singing some of the songs) 5. Concrete Representation of Rules 6. Teaching Gestures 7. Letters to Parents
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