Faculty Publications

Title

The Effects of a Buddy Skills Package on Preschool Children's Social Interactions and Play

Document Type

Article

Keywords

interaction, peer-mediated

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Topics in Early Childhood Special Education

Volume

32

Issue

4

First Page

246

Last Page

254

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a buddy skills package on the social and play interactions between three preschoolers with developmental delays and their peers. Each child participated in sociodramatic play activities with two peers who exhibited age-appropriate social and play skills. Following baseline, the children participated in three sessions of training on the strategies of stay, play, and talk with your friends. The intervention consisting of teacher feedback, praise, and picture cards was then used to support children's social interactions and play. A multiple baseline design indicated that the package was effective for increasing children's cooperative play in the exchange of activity-related comments. In addition, each playgroup continued to demonstrate these positive outcomes during a maintenance condition. © 2013, Hammill Institute on Disabilities. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2013

DOI of published version

10.1177/0271121411424927

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